Feds Say Dreamer Kids Not “Lawfully Present” but Don’t Tell States

Do the illegal aliens who get temporary protection against deportation and work permits also gain legal presence? It now appears that the federal government has decided that they do not.

The Department of Health and Human Services has ruled that the so called ‘Dreamer Kids,’ who recently received protection from deportation, do not become eligible for Obamacare medical coverage as a result of the new status administratively given to them by the Department of Homeland Security.

The New York Times reports that advocates for the illegal aliens are disappointed in this policy decision. Marielena Hincapié, the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, commented in the article saying that “This is a shortsighted, reactionary and bad public policy.”

What is inexplicable is the fact that after deciding that these backdoor temporary amnesty beneficiaries gain no legal status, the administration has told the states that they can decide for themselves whether to treat these illegal aliens as legal residents for purposes of issuing driver’s licenses.

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Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).

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