On September 5, 2017, President Trump said he would be ending Deferred ACtion for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in six months, so the decision technically gives Congress until March 5, 2018 to figure something out. The thing is, by that time more than 20,000 people's rights to live in the U.S. legally will already have expired. The battle over DACA was a contributing factor in Congress shutting down the government. The Democrats threatened to keep the government closed until Congress agreed to some legislative protections for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. But the government has re-open and no DACA protection is in place.
The DACA issue is important to Democrats and are willing to make concessions to the Republicans to make it work but the Republicans current negotiating demands are ridiculous. They include a border wall, a change in the system for deciding who gets green cards, a 50 percent cut in legal immigration, and a big increase in interior immigration enforcement. Ridiculous.
Like magic, these American-raised, American-educated kids will now face the risk of detention and deportation, not to mention they will likely lose jobs, access to education and driver's licenses. Hundreds of thousands of young adults who call America home now live in fear.
Also, despite the fact that we're increasingly math and fact-adverse in America right now, let's all admit this is silly. A recent poll found 86% of Americans support DACA recipients staying in the U.S. and 65% strongly support DACA. So, like, why not give everyone what they want and pass a #DREAMActNow?