Thursday, March 02, 2017

The Dreamers

I was reading an article in the Washington Post, about a young Argentine citizen who got picked up my ICE agents.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detained the 22-year-old’s father and brother, Argentines who were living in the country illegally, amid the Trump administration’s aggressive deportation effort that has riled immigrant communities across the country.
Turns out, she's a "dreamer", which is a status under DACA.   I don't know anything about DACA, so I googled it.  As it turns out, it's an Obama program from 2012 where he chose to ignore the law as written, and do something else that made people feel good.  It has no basis in law, it's simply a decision not to deport young people who fall under certain guidelines.

It's a status, as it turns out, that is good for two years and is renewable.7
Although Vargas was in the process of renewing her status as a “dreamer” to remain in the United States legally — a status she had allowed to lapse — she feared that immigration officials would come after her next.
The way the Post writes it, it sounds like a simple paperwork error.  I doubt it. To be eligible, illegal aliens must have entered the United States before their 16th birthday and before June 2007.  She's 22-years old now, so she came into the country prior to 2007.  The program started in 2012, so she may have lapsed as early as 2014..

Under Obama she was fairly secure,and that's Obama's fault.  The man didn't "faithfully execute the laws of the United States", as he promised to do.  Obama did all sorts of feel-good shit that put people in a bad situation under the law.

And that's the problem with regulations and executive action. It doesn't have the force of law.  Young Miss DACA chick relied on a program, not a law.  She really needs to write her Congressman.  Or go back to Argentina.  Or keep her status straight.

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