Trump blasts Democrats as 'all talk and no action' on fixing DACA

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

Democrats "are doing nothing to fix" the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and they don't want to, President Donald Trump declared in a pair of tweets Saturday.

On Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco blocked the proposed cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects undocumented people who came to the United States as children, known as "Dreamers", from deportation.

"Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on September 5, 2017", U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a part of DHS, wrote on its website Saturday.

"Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA", the statement said. If someone's DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016, that person may file a renewal request, the agency says; people who received DACA that expired before then can file a new DACA request.

Mirka Dominguez Salinas, a DACA recipient, says she worries the federal order is only temporary. "So great great news for DACA that we will now be able to do DACA renewals".

"This week, President Trump provided leadership on a hard issue that our nation has faced for decades and Main Street members want to help the president address our broken immigration system", said U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Chairman of the Republican Main Street Caucus.

Wednesday, the president criticized the judge's decision on Twitter. Trump has insisted that any bill addressing the program must also include funding for border security and construction of his long-promised wall between the US and Mexico.

Meanwhile, advocates applauded the announcement as they planned ways to help DACA recipients apply for renewals as soon as possible. No new applications will be accepted. Those accepted for the program received permits to work legally in the USA for two years, which could be renewed for additional 2-year periods.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra praised the ruling.

The president has demanded extra border security, including funding for a wall, as well as an end to family-based chain migration and the visa lottery program.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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