CEO Tim Cook of Apple tweeted his praise for so-called Dreamers who work for the computer giant. While there have been persistent rumors that the White House will soon roll out the implementation of eliminating Obama-era policy that allows 1 million illegal immigrants to remain in the country, Barack Obama himself is also expected to enter the current political fray over immigration.

Dreamers are those who have benefited from action that Barack Obama took in 2012 when as president he announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA for short. It was after Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act in 2010 that Obama allowed persons who have lived in the United States illegally after entering the country as minors. After passing a background check, the so-called Dreamers can apply for work permits.

On Monday, Cook wrote on Twitter:

“250 of my Apple coworkers are Dreamers. I stand with them. They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values.”

The DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) was first introduced in Congress in 2001 but has yet to be passed by Congress. Numerous advocacy groups have demanded for passage of the bill, arguing that foreigners living in the US illegally since childhood are “are American in every way except on paper.” According to America’s Voice, a progressive pro-immigration group, “They have grown up in this country and consider themselves to be American, but lack the documents to fully engage in society.”

Several reports have indicated that President Donald Trump will eliminate DACA, a move that is expected to ignite a political firestorm. It is expected that Trump will scrap DACA within six months and kick the issue to Congress, which is responsible for drafting immigration law. Having informed House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Trump is expected to make an announcement on Tuesday. Signalling disagreement on DACA, Ryan said in a Friday radio interview that he does not think that Trump should eliminate DACA but admitted Congress should take action.

 

Trump can expect opposition, not only from Democrats, but also some Republican lawmakers. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) wants Congress to pass a bill to protect Dreamers. “My hope is that as part of this process we can work on a way to deal with this issue and solve it through legislation, which is the right way to do it and the constitutional way to do it,” Rubio told CNN in June.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said on Sunday that he is frustrated over a delay in eliminating DACA. He tweeted: “Ending DACA now gives chance 2 restore Rule of Law. Delaying so R Leadership can push Amnesty is Republican suicide.” King tweeted.

Meanwhile, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who has called on Trump to stand up for the Dreamers, tweeted out her displeasure with Trump’s expected announcement.

“After teasing #Dreamers for months with talk of his 'great heart,' @POTUS slams door on them. Some 'heart'...” she wrote.

According to POLITICO, Barack Obama will take on Trump directly over ending DACA. Just before Trump took office, Obama said at a news conference: “The notion that we would just arbitrarily or because of politics punish those kids, when they didn’t do anything wrong themselves, I think would be something that would merit me speaking out.”

POLITICO reported that Obama’s former communications director, Dan Pfeiffer, said of the prospect of eliminating DACA: “This is as cruel and capricious a public policy decision that any President has made in a very long time.” said his former communications director, Dan Pfeiffer. The website added that Pfeiffer said Obama will not be silent about DACA. 



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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