By Hailey Lederer
Upon reiterated demands for a border wall and cuts to legal immigration, President Trump has declared on January 9th that congress should pass a bill of love to protect undocumented immigrants, or dreamers, from deportation, an unexpected decision when considering that the Trump administration ended the DACA (Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals) quite recently.
Lawmakers currently await for the Trump White House to specify the demands of this bill, with the president saying in a bipartisan meeting, “My position is going to be what the people in this room come up with. What I approve of will be very much reliant on what people in this room come to me with.”
During this meeting Trump also brought up once again possible funding for a wall and ending a diversity visa lottery and ending “chain migration”, when Americans sponsors family members for green cards.
The deadline for this act will be March 5th, around the same time roughly 700,000 work permits issued to the dreamers under DACA expire. Sen. Richard J. Durbin, an original sponsor of legislation to legalize dreamers has stated “lives are hanging in the balance. We’ve got the time to do it.”
President Trump seems to agree with this as he also agrees with Sen. Dianne Feinstein who says democrats are seeking for a clean DACA Bill. And while Trump says that any bill democrats and republicans agree on should be a bill of love, he has stated in tweets that “there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc,” and that he refuses to aid the thousands of Dreamers without the funding for the changes in order to “protect our country at all costs!”.
Though his actions and conflicting statements are increasingly debatable, we all hope that there is in fact a way to help the Dreamers in this country continue to live their lives as the Americans they grew up to be.