DACA Renewals Launched and More are Invited In

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is in theory a limited amnesty for illegal aliens who entered the United States as minors. DACA authorizations granted protection against deportation and work permits for two years beginning in September 2012. Now, DHS has just announced the launch of a process to begin extending that limited amnesty for an additional two years.

There is little difference between a limited amnesty that is indefinitely renewed and a full scale amnesty other that the latter opens a route to U.S. citizenship – which the Obama administration has been urging on Congress since the President’s election.

The renewal of DACA status coincides with a crisis in coping with a surge in unaccompanied minors entering the country. The apprehension of an estimated 60,000 minor illegal entrants is likely this year – an about ten-fold increase over a year ago. And there is no end in sight to this flood. Can anyone believe that this surge is unrelated to the adoption of DACA?

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, in launching the DACA renewal process, made a statement that is the equivalent to a new “Y’all come” invitation. “…[A]lmost all of us agree that a child who crossed our border illegally with a parent, or in search of a parent or a better life, was not making an adult choice to break our laws, and should be treated differently than adult law-breakers.” He didn’t say that the illegal alien newcomers would automatically be allowed to stay, but that is the way the statement is likely to be understood outside our borders.

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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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    It sounds pretty clear. Come here in search of “a better life” and you get to stay.

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    arnlof sweigeir on

    It is not a yll come in invitation…u r takinv it out of context… It is a humane and responsible manner to take care of the issue….enough nagging already and a nce and for all lets fix the immigration system….

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      David Smith on

      The system is NOT broken, it is only ignored by trespassers and law enforcement. “Seeking a better life” means low-balling wages on your job and saddling you with high taxes to provide a free welfare ride for Third World peasants.

      “Humane” is only an excuse to a situation created by Obama in a cheap election year “Dreamer” stunt. Illegals scam the “Dreamer” fraud, scam the “anchor baby” fraud and scam the “work visa” fraud. Illegals are not law abiding and their very presence proves it.

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        Birthright citizenship should apply only to parents of legal citizens, that are NOT under the justification of another country. Pregnant Tourist coming here to get U.S. citizenship, then return to their homeland with their U.S. citizen baby is a joke, showing how stupid our country has become. Do we have enough resources to feed, give free medical care, free education and free living space for everyone in the world that wants to come and take it? The “American Dream” is being destroyed for legal American citizens. We are no longer being informed on how many jobs have been “out-sourced” in a monthly time frame.

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      I believe DACA is part of what is causing the daily influx of unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors that are being shipped into Arizona from Texas, supposedly because Texas is overwhelmed. What about Arizona! We would not have to be “overwhelmed” with this issue if the fence was secure and there was no way to get over or across it and if the current laws were enforced. I feel badly for these children but it is not the responsibility of the USA to take care of the world’s children. I do not see how any responsible, loving parent could just send their child off to another country alone, no matter how difficult things are in the country of origin.