Protecting immigrants - Opinion

Protecting immigrants

Nancy K. Kaufman | Special to the Jewish News | Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:00 am

Five years ago, the U.S government began implementation of President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive order deferring deportation for U.S. residents without papers who were brought here by their parents as children. The nearly 800,000 kids given a reprieve by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, are our children. They attended our schools, played on our high school teams, starred in our school plays and joined debate teams and service clubs. They learned English and have citizen siblings who were born here. They have little or no memory of their country of origin. They are as American as anyone born here.

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court was evenly split on the question of the president’s authority to defer deportation for specific groups of people residing here. So at the moment, the legal question of what the president can do about immigration is up in the air, but will surely be revisited. Especially because 10 state attorneys general have come together to threaten President Donald Trump with a lawsuit to force his hand if he does not, by Sept. 5, rescind the policy protecting young people brought to the United States as children.

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