Despite 25 years of defeat, Sen. Dick Durbin proposes to try yet once again to pass DREAM Act-like legislation that would give permanent legal status to 740,000 deferred action beneficiaries (DACAs). Despite his spectacularly bad record, Durbin is determined to try again in the new Congress. As of today, DACAs have temporary permission to live and work in the United States.
Just a few days after Donald Trump’s victory, Justice Department lawyers and lawyers from the 26 states that brought the law suit which challenged DACA and DAPA agreed to defer further litigation on Obama’s amnesty programs to the incoming administration.
On October 12, my CAPS blog post reported that the Supreme Court had declined rehearing the Obama amnesty case, U.S. v. Texas. The 4-4 tie vote frustrated immigration advocacy groups, and the five million illegal aliens who had hoped to get work permission and other affirmative benefits.
The Obama administration’s determination to grant lawful permanent residence to illegal immigrants without congressional approval marches on unabated. Obama’s goal is to dismantle as much immigration law as possible during his remaining weeks in the White House.
Illegal aliens will get right with the law, learn English, assimilate, pay fines and get work permits. Sure, we’ll secure the border, fix our broken immigration system. What I’m proposing really isn’t amnesty or a reward for illegal immigrants, blah, blah, blah.
I’m in Washington D.C. for the week, and anxiously awaited the Supreme Court decision on United States v. Texas that would decide whether President Obama’s deferred action amnesties for approximately five million aliens would go forward.