President Trump says he’s considering inflating what he claims is a crisis into a national emergency so he can find a way to build a wall at the US-Mexico border that Congress has so far refused to fund. The federal government remains in a partial shutdown over the $5 billion the Trump administration is holding out for to fund construction of the wall. Reuters has more on the twin legal challenges the Trump administration is likely to face if it decides to declare the situation a national emergency to circumvent congressional funding.
Following an August 31st ruling by a federal judge in Texas not to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, immigrants who have qualified for DACA are being urged to renew their applications to stay in the country, even as uncertainty about DACA’s future remains. The Immigrant Legal Resource Center says the latest ruling by District Judge Andrew Hanen follows three previous judicial orders for the government to continue to accept DACA applications. While current DACA recipients can continue to renew their statuses, ILRC says the future of the program will remain murky until Congress can pass legislation addressing the issue.
Leezia Dhalla is a ‘dreamer,’ one of thousands of immigrants who were brought to this country as children. Her legal protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals run out in less than two months. She has lived in the US for 22 years, immigrating to Texas in 1996, but unless Congress does something soon to decide what will happen to her and other ‘dreamers,’ Dhalla will be forced to leave the nation she loves, as she told The Washington Post:
My employer will have to let me go; I won’t have a way to pay my rent; my family and friends will be inconsolable, knowing that I can be deported at any time. They’re the ones whose lives will be disrupted, alongside mine, if I’m deported to a country I barely remember. After 22 years of living the United States, my future — and the futures of about 800,000 young Americans like me — is in total limbo.Dhalla says it’s an understatement to say that she and other ‘dreamers’ are disappointed in the lack of action by politicians to resolve the crisis. Read more about her personal story at The Washington Post.
A compromise plan on immigration that would affect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and border security has been unveiled by a bipartisan pair of House members, CNN reports. Texas Republican Will Hurd and California Democrat Pete Aguilar have been “quietly working for weeks” on the legislation, according to CNN. Both Representatives say they hope their proposal can speed up talks revolving around how to handle “Dreamers,” or young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children.
As House Republicans work to repeal the estate tax as part of the GOP’s tax reform package, an opinion piece at The Hill says that the estate tax treats black-owned businesses unfairly. According to contributor Harry Alford, many black-owned businesses are first generation, and “These business owners do not want to sell out at fire sale prices to pay the estate tax and eliminate the livelihoods for the next generation in addition to the jobs for those who they employ.” Read the complete analysis at The Hill.
Starting next March, almost 1,000 people per day could begin losing their protected status as their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) permits begin expiring after two years, CNN reports. Congress is considering four possible replacements for the DACA which would allow qualified applicants a chance to stay in the country legally. CNN takes a look at the four proposals in this story.
The Republican tax reform plans in Congress could reduce or end the estate tax. The House proposal would eliminate the tax, while the Senate version would reduce it. According to The Atlantic, the estate tax will only bring in about $20 billion this year. While that adds up to about one-half of one percent of the total amount of revenue that goes to the US Treasury, it has a lot more to do with symbolism. Derek Thompson explains why in this article at The Atlantic.
After the Trump administration ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in March, it said it would continue to process pending and renewal applications received through Thursday, October 4, according to the Los Angeles Times. With that deadline looming, law firms and legal clinics are scrambling to submit paperwork before time runs out. “We basically are in emergency mode,” said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights. Meanwhile, attorneys are warning their ‘dreamer’ clients to prepare for worst case scenarios. The ‘dreamer’ program was created by President Obama in 2012 to allow young immigrants brought to the US illegally to secure work permits and temporary reprieves from deportation.
As President Trump decides to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program enacted by President Obama, members of Congress are gearing up for what could be a contentious fight over continuing protection for young undocumented immigrants. Both Democrats and some Republicans are indicating they’re willing to work on a plan to offer permanent legal status to young immigrants who have been in the country illegally. The president plans to phase out the DACA program over six months, giving Congress time to find a final solution. Details on the forthcoming political battle are available at The Washington Post.
If Congress repeals Obamacare without a replacement, leaving millions without healthcare, some expect a rise in the number of bankruptcies. The number of uninsured is predicted to rise between 10 and 30 million people, depending on whether repeal or repeal and replace passes. For those struggling with medical bills already, losing insurance coverage would drive more people into bankruptcy, experts believe. Read more about the dilemma at The Atlantic.