How Trump’s immigration crackdown could change how you think about American citizenship
The president’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has given some in Congress new options for how they might consider American citizenship.
But it has also raised questions about how they would respond to a future president who could revoke the protections in question.
In the weeks since Trump announced the end of the program, the question of whether the country would accept a new president who might use executive power to revoke protections has become a central part of a national conversation about the future of the United States.
The question has arisen because of the Trump administration’s efforts to implement the controversial executive orders, known as “travel bans,” that he signed in January.
The president has also vowed to revoke DACA protections for many other immigrants living in the United State, while making it easier for employers to discriminate against people with whom they have a relationship.
The DACA protections were established in 2013 by a bipartisan agreement among lawmakers who represented both parties, and are now protected by a series of legal rulings.
But the executive orders themselves are not legally binding, and Congress is free to end DACA in its entirety or extend it for a shorter period of time.
A Trump administration official told The Hill that DACA protections would continue, but only if the president’s DACA order “was not a ‘travel ban’ or ‘sanctuary city’ that creates an ‘inherently hostile environment’ for people of color.”
The official added that Trump’s executive orders were “not intended to make any changes to the DACA program, which is already in place to provide a path to citizenship for individuals who came to the United Sates as children.”
The White House official also said the president would work to “reform” DACA by ending the DACA protections that have been in place since 2012.
The administration official emphasized that Trump had not set a deadline for Congress to act on DACA.
“The president will keep working on DACA reform,” the official said.
But some lawmakers are already wondering whether the president will actually do so, especially since the Trump-endorsed executive orders that ended DACA would have given Congress more leeway to amend the program.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has asked whether Congress should be allowed to rescind the executive order that ended the DACA protection.
“We can repeal this, and then we have to come back and talk about it,” Schiff said on CNN Sunday.
The White Street Journal reported Sunday that the White House is considering changing the way Congress and the courts interpret Trump’s DACA orders.
The Journal wrote that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is “considering” allowing Congress to extend the DACA orders, according to the newspaper.
Trump administration officials have said that the DACA order was the “sole determinant” of DACA protections.
The executive orders “created an ‘insidious’ hostile environment,” the White Street Journolist said, and “they do not confer any legal rights.”
The Journal added that “a ‘travel bans’ approach” could be “better than the status quo,” since it would require Congress to reevaluate the protections and could “require some legislative changes.”
The Trump administration has been using the executive action to defend his executive orders against legal challenges, including a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which claims that the executive actions “violate the Constitution” by violating the separation of powers.