A couple of months after leaders of the Democratic Party struck a deal
with President Trump to permanently protect individuals enrolled in Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), there is still no answer as to what
will happen with the program. After cancelling it in September, Trump
gave Congress six months to act before its official end date on March 5, 2018.
While Republicans and Democrats are both for continuing DACA, their legislative
vehicles for successfully reaching a compromise vary. Nancy Pelosi and
Chuck Schumer’s White House deal would permanently enshrine the
protections of DACA into law, while also adding border security (not a
wall) in the fold. Democrats have also toyed with the idea of shutting
down the government if the issue is unresolved, come the deadline.
According to Dave Brat, a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, Republicans
would consider voting in favor of DACA relief as part of a deal that includes
efforts to discourage chain migration, an expansion of the E-Verify program
and the elimination of the diversity visa program, also known as the green
Leaders from both parties have put pressure on Speaker of the House Paul
Ryan to table the debate before the end of the year, but compromise will
be the biggest obstacle to tackle. For now, the fate of 800,000 young
adult unauthorized immigrants who were brought into the U.S. as children
will depend on Congress lawmakers making a bipartisan decision.
If you have been previously granted a DACA benefit and have questions about
your status, contact our
Lakes Charles immigration attorneys at Ashley Foret Dees, LLC. If you set up an initial consultation, we can
help you determine if you qualify for other benefits now that DACA is
currently in limbo.
Call our Lake Charles office at (337) 214-0670 or
contact us online