New York Immigration Coalition is Not Willing to Bargain Away the Rights of Immigrant Communities, Newsweek Reports

Posted on February 27, 2018


Originally Published in Newsweek on February 26, 2018
Written by Carlos Ballesteros

The Supreme Court levied a blow to the Trump administration on Monday as it refused to review a federal ruling that keeps the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, partially alive. Though their victory was well received, immigration advocates have cautioned that it will be short-lived unless Congress takes meaningful action to address the fate of the so-called Dreamers, young immigrants living in this country illegally who were brought here as children. In its dismissal, the Court said the government’s appeal of U.S. District Judge William Alsup’s January ruling—which said Trump’s attempt to end DACA was illegal—should go through the regular judicial process and be taken up first by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. So far, Republicans and the White House have pushed for drastic reductions in legal immigration and billions of dollars for border enforcement measures in exchange for granting immigrant youths a decadelong path to citizenship. But many Democrats and immigration advocates have balked at the GOP’s offer, arguing that pitting one immigrant group against another is not the way forward. “When you’re talking about the communities Trump is going after, you’re talking about Dreamers’ parents and their families,” said Anu Joshi, policy director at the New York Immigration Coalition. “This administration wants to reframe this country by cutting legal immigration in half. That’s not something we’re willing to bargain away. Immigrant communities make us strong as a country.”  It is unlikely Congress will act before March 5, given that the federal injunctions keeping DACA alive will be in place for at least a few months.

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