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The American dream still eludes the ‘dreamers’: F. Wilkinson

(Bloomberg) – It takes a lot of stomach to be a dreamer, and it will likely remain that way even after President Donald Trump leaves office. The Department of Homeland Security said this week it would accept new applicants for the first time in three years by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. The program was designed by President Barack Obama in 2012 to allow undocumented immigrants who came to the United States the opportunity to build a life in their only real homeland (according to a survey, the average age a dreamer arrived in the United States). Was six years old). As Dara Lind wrote on Vox in 2017, DACA allowed dreamers to plan for the future and “freed them from some of the mental health damage that the constant stress of deportation can cause.” Widely popular, DACA was immediately under siege. The program, which includes more than 600,000 people, has spent the better part of a decade on a roller coaster ride through the federal judiciary and on the curves of Trump’s anti-immigrant activities. In 2017, the Trump Administration stopped accepting new applicants for the program and set a timeline to phase out protection for those already covered. The Supreme Court, which ruled 5-4 with Ruth Bader Ginsburg still in the dock, struck down that. plan in June and stated that the Department of Homeland Security had not properly followed federal procedures. A federal judge ruled last month that the department’s subsequent effort was also illegal, having been signed by an acting department head, Chad Wolf, who lacked legal authority. In other words, DACA hangs in the balance of the Trump Administration’s incompetence, with the Department saying this week that it would re-grant work permits and deferrals of deportation to allow qualified applicants to work, study, obtain driver’s licenses and professional credentials. Last month, Jin Park of Harvard University became the first dreamer to win a Rhodes scholarship. DACA status will allow you to legally travel to and from Oxford, however deferrals for Dreamers are invariably temporary, and this one is no different. There is still a case in federal court where Texas and a few other states are suing to cancel DACA. America’s Voice, an immigration advocacy organization, predicts that the conservative judge in the case will rule against DACA. Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the first Dreamer bill introduced in Congress. Even if President-elect Joe Biden achieves another temporary DACA bailout, the past two decades of failure to produce a just solution for Dreamers represent a grave indictment of American political dysfunction. A decade ago this month, the Senate almost passed a Dream Act. , after the House had already done so. Six Democrats joined nearly all but three Republicans in opposing it. The bill’s failure was an act of national self-sabotage: the United States took in children, invested in their education, raised them to adulthood, and then decided that, ultimately, it would rather not get an economic and social return from its financial investment. Instead, the US would prefer to limit its potential, along with the social and economic gains that Americans would collectively reap. The damage is spreading. Most of the dreamers are integrated into American families. They have American siblings, spouses, or children. By limiting dreamers, the United States also limits those families. “Does anybody really want to kick out good, educated, successful young people who have jobs, some serving in the military?” Trump asked in 2017, at a time when he was pretending be part of the broad American mainstream that supports the legal status of Dreamers. It was a rhetorical question, of course. The actual response is quite alarming.Original Note: The American Dream Still Eludes the Dreamers: Francis WilkinsonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source. © 2020 Bloomberg LP

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