Keith Ellison (D-MN) issued a rather outlandish and gross analogy on Wednesday in which he compared illegal immigrants in the United States to Jews living in Nazi Germany. Ellison was speaking at a panel in Minneapolis focusing on immigration reform and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and began ranting about how American citizens are supposedly deeply connected to illegals. Three million DACA recipients live with someone who is a citizen of the United States, Ellison bloviated.
House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi was forced to abandon an event in support of laws aimed at protecting thousands of young undocumented migrants from deportation in the US after she was shouted down by a group of demonstrators. Protesters at the event in San Francisco on Monday took issue with Ms Pelosi's recent talks with President Trump after he scrapped the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme earlier this month.
Mixed signals from Washington over a possible agreement to preserve protections for young immigrants are increasing anxiety and confusion on college campuses, where the stakes are high. Amid the uncertainty, colleges and universities are stepping up efforts to protect students enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programs, telling them to be hopeful but plan for the worst. Harvard University has opened a round-the-clock emergency hotline.
A US Justice Department lawyer said the Trump administration is considering extending an October deadline for some immigrants to reapply for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. President Donald Trump recently decided to rescind the DACA program in March 2018, but immigrants known as Dreamers whose work permits expire before then can apply to renew them for another two years, though they must do so before Oct 5.
President Donald Trump said Thursday he was fairly close to finalizing a deal with Democrats in Congress on allowing young immigrants to stay in the United States. Trump was repeating a key Democratic argument in support of allowing young people who arrived illegally in the United States as children to stay. Trump's predecessor Barack Obama protected the so-called Dreamers through his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) order.
Earlier Thursday, in a series of tweets, Trump dismissed suggestions that he struck a deal with congressional Democratic leaders at a dinner last night. Trump was referring to the President Obama-era Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program that protects some 800,000 young immigrants from deportation. In a tweet Wednesday night, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also pushed back against the idea of an agreement. In his tweets Thursday morning, Trump also made it clear that efforts should be made to help DACA immigrants.
President Trump's decision to rescind DACA was only hours old when the Democratic attorneys general of 15 states filed a lawsuit to stop him. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is a policy - not law - imposed by former President Barack Obama solely on his executive authority. At the time it was imposed, in 2012, Obama conceded that a future president could undo it as easily as Obama imposed it.