"As the deadline for the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals nears, each week hundreds of young people who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents are losing the permits that allow them to legally work and stay in the country. While leaders in Congress have vowed to find a fix, a concrete plan still hasn’t materialized—and some immigration advocates are beginning to worry that nothing will happen before the March 5 cutoff," Education Week reports.
"Even as DACA supporters stage rallies on Capitol Hill and in communities across the nation, little has changed in the four months since President Donald Trump announced plans to end the program. The lack of progress and looming deadline has left undocumented residents, many of whom teach and learn in the nation’s K-12 schools, in a state of constant uncertainty, with a sense of hopelessness already setting in for some.
'It feels like time has already run out for a lot of people,' said Viridiana Carrizales, the managing director of DACA member support at Teach For America. 'It is just becoming a very anxious time.'
...The best shot at resolution may be the Dream Act, a bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Their legislation would essentially turn DACA into a formal legal program and offer those individuals an opportunity to become United States citizens over time. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill could grant lawful immigration status and work authorization to as many as 2 million people. According to Pew Research Center estimates, there were 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States in 2015.
Lawmakers in both chambers have met frequently since the fall, with Durbin and Graham leading bipartisan talks in the Senate. But a solution can’t come fast enough for DACA recipients: Nearly 15,000 have already lost DACA protection since Trump announced plans to end the program.
The decision could also affect the lives of children born in the United States: the millions of students in the nation’s public and private schools who are the children of undocumented immigrants. With deported or detained parents, many of those students could have their educations placed on hold."
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Publication Date: 1/9/2018