President Donald Trump’s announcement to repeal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a nightmare for Dreamers, according to withdreamers.com.
An estimated 800,000 undocumented immigrants (Dreamers) will be in danger of deportation without the DACA protection. Deferred action is a legal term used to refer to the federal government’s discretion in enforcing deportation against undocumented citizens who register and meet a certain criteria.
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that people who were brought to the United States as children and met certain guidelines could request that action be deferred for two years at a time, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) website reports.
The president’s decision to rescind DACA is another assault on undocumented communities, opponents to Trump’s decision say.
Now the Trump administration is getting more aggressive in putting people into the deportation system, Vox reports. However, the deportation process is slowing to a crawl because of backlogs.
When an undocumented immigrant is taken into custody by federal immigration agents for the first time, they cannot be deported without their consent, and must go through an immigration hearing to determine whether they are deportable, according to Vox. During the immigration court proceedings, undocumented immigrants can present a case to stay in the country for claims seeking asylum, as refugees, or if they can show that they arrived in the country as a minor prior to 2012.
In a memo to immigration judges in July, the Trump administration encouraged the courts to issue continuances so that undocumented citizens could have more time to prepare their cases and expedite the process, according to Vox.
Trump issued a tweet in which he shifted the DACA and immigration dilemma to Congress. The tweet announced that he would “revisit” DACA if Congress did not pass legislation on the issue in six months.
In the meantime, immigration cases will continue to take years to resolve.
“From November 2016 to June 2017, someone who got an official removal order from an immigration court judge had started the court process 378 days earlier,” according to Vox. “The deportation system simply isn’t built for speedy deportations of people who’ve lived in the U.S. for years.”
The majority of people who the Trump administration has deported are those who were arrested under Obama’s last term of office, according to Vox.