The Pueblo Chieftain: Dreamers deserve a path forward
Author: The Pueblo Chieftain Editorial Board - September 12, 2018 - Updated: September 12, 2018
One year ago this month, President Donald Trump instructed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to announce the administration’s plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Sessions carried out these orders (he’s opposed DACA from its start in 2012 as senator). No friend of Dreamers, he stood in front of TV cameras and told the American people the program would come to an end on March 5, 2018.
On the same day of Sessions’ announcement, President Trump said he wanted Congress to act in order to replace DACA with a lasting program that would offer Dreamers the chance to attain a permanent place in American society. Answering the president, House and Senate lawmakers from both parties pledged to get to work, to step in and make things right.
Congress didn’t step in – the federal courts did. Four federal district courts have ruled that the administration can’t just end DACA. It would be too harmful.