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What's happening with CHIP and the DREAMers?

If only the answer was: "Everything is fixed! Go celebrate with some ice cream!" Nice as it sounds, this response is cruel for two reasons: 1. It's unfathomably cold in most of the country. Can't we have hot chocolate instead? 2. It's a lie.

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

After the government shutdown, Congress included a six-year reauthorization of CHIP to reopen the government. Wow! All it took was the government to shutdown in order for them to do the right thing.

Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

What a rollercoaster! On January 9th, a federal judge in California issued a nationwide injunction ordering the Trump administration to start the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program back up again. Hooray! DACA was an executive action taken by former President Barack Obama that allowed undocumented immigrants who came to the US under the age of 16 to apply for protection from deportation. The recipients are known as Dreamers and the program was ended by the Trump administration in September of 2017.

Judge William Alsup of Federal District Court in San Francisco wrote that the administration must "maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis" as court challenges move forward.Alsup believes the decision to end the program was improper and maybe even illegal. He also cites several of the Head Cheeto's Twitter posts that express support for the program. After all, the president has literally written: "Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!" As Alsup suggests in his decision, statements like that show that the program is beneficial to the public.

It's not clear how the administration will respond to this move, but this has the potential to halt the shutdown of DACA and tie it up in legal battles.