When Democrats gained more than the 23 House seats needed to win a majority in November’s midterm elections, thousands of young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers rejoiced. But can the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives actually save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA)?
The next Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and the Democratic party as a whole are confident that they can put an end to President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration agenda and save 690,000 of Dreamers waiting for a permanent legislative solution to protect DACA recipients.
House Democratic Majority promises a solution for DACA, but can it deliver?
After the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ request to the Democratic majority in the House to come up with a solution for the undocumented immigrants protected from deportation under the DACA, Pelosi promised to pass legislation that would put DACA recipients on a pathway to citizenship.
It has been more than a year since Donald Trump announced the suspension of the DACA program, which has kept our Salt Lake City DACA attorney at the Familia America busy answering phone calls from undocumented immigrants who feared that they were no longer protected by the DACA program.
Luckily for hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients, the Supreme Court has rejected the Trump administration’s request to end the program. Unfortunately, that also means that hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants are stuck in limbo.
Confronting Trump on DACA will be anything but easy
And while Pelosi and other members of the new Democratic majority in the House are confident that they can put an end to this uncertainty surrounding the DACA program, our experienced DACA attorney in Salt Lake City says that confronting President Trump on this particular issue will be anything but easy.
President Trump has previously said he was hell-bent on getting funding to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border in exchange for a permanent legislative solution for the DACA program. However, Democrats are reluctant to play by Trump’s rules.
DACA recipients at risk of deportation
The uncertainty over the program puts DACA recipients at risk of getting deported, which is why the new Democratic majority needs to come up with an urgent solution to save hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. The Democrats will also have to find a solution to protect those at risk of deportation after the suspension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.
Experts agree that failure to find a consensus on the DACA program within the first 100 days of the next session will mean that the new Democratic majority in the House will most likely be unable to pass legislation to protect DACA recipients until the end of Trump’s presidential term.
Moreover, the House of Representatives passing this legislation will be half the battle (or a third of the battle, to be more precise), as the Republican-controlled Senate can always block it, and President Trump can refuse to sign the legislation.
For now, it is unclear whether or not the new Democratic majority in the House has what it takes to find a solution for the DACA program. Our best DACA lawyers in Salt Lake City and all across Utah will keep an eye on this situation. Consult with our attorneys at Familia America to speak about your particular case. Get a consultation by calling at 801-656-9605.