DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era legislation that was passed in 2012 which allows for children brought to the U.S. illegally to remain in the country provided that they meet a set of minimum requirements set in place by the government (Meckler, 2018). These young people are referred to throughout the media and government as #Dreamers.
This debate was re-ignited last year when the president repealed the protections for these individuals and set a deadline for their deportation of March 5, 2018 (Lind, 2017). So, those in Congress who are actively trying to save the Dreamers and keep our promise to these young people, don’t have a lot of time to do so.
Additionally, the government is currently operating on a limited spending budget that was passed in January which allowed the government to keep running for three weeks in order to give Congress time to collaborate and find a spending solution for the year (Golshan, 2018). At stake in these negotiations is the fate of the Dreamers, the fate of government workers, and the fate of the Trump administration’s ability to keep the doors open. No one, on either side of the aisle, wants another shutdown like 2013 which lasted 17 days and resulted in over 120,000 jobs lost (Amadeo, 2018).
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