Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - also known as DACA - the illegal Obama era executive amnesty for illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before their 16th birthday, celebrated its fifth anniversary this year amidst a growing sense that it likely won't be seeing a 6th.
The unconstitutional amnesty attempt finds itself running out of time and options, given that amnesty has repeatedly failed to pass Congress and DAPA, an equally unlawful and much larger executive amnesty granted to 3 to 4 million illegal aliens who have U.S. born children, was struck down after being challenged in the courts. Since the legal pretext for DACA and DAPA are virtually identical, there's little doubt DACA will stand up under court scrutiny when Texas and nine other states press the issue in September. So what should become of DACA?
DACA should be allowed to expire, by not renewing deferrals as they expire and not granting new applications.
DACA recipients will eventually revert to their previous illegal alien status. While it has been made clear that DACAs are not a priority for deportation, they should also not be exempt from deportation.
Lesson learned? The DACA amnesty, instead of solving the illegal immigration problem, actually exacerbated it, by triggering a border surge of tens of thousands of illegal alien minors, most of whom remain here today.
Daniel Stein is the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.