Gutting DACA While Pretending to Save It


The “compromise” proposal to end the shutdown announced by Trump on January 19 was unveiled by Mitch McConnell on Monday night, January 21—and it’s even worse than predicted. The conservative Cato Institute said it doesn’t extend DACA, but sets up “an entirely new program and entirely new status.” That means new applications, not renewals. New requirements. A new $500 fee on top of the existing $495 fee. A minimum income requirement. And much more.

Besides what it does to DACA, the bill severely restricts asylum:

“[T]he bill proposes to eliminate applications for asylum at the border by children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador with no exception. If those children are encountered at the border, under the bill, they would be sent back to their home countries without meaningful processes to protect them from the harm they may be fleeing. …

“On top of ending critical protections for children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, the bill makes permanent and nefarious changes to asylum law…”

There’s more, including removing protections for children in immigration detention and imposing new restrictions and limitations on TPS.

The bill will come up for a vote in the Senate on Thursday. So will a competing Democratic bill. At this point, both are expected to fail.

In other immigration news:

The Supreme Court took no action on DACA, meaning that the administration’s request for rapid review is deferred until at least February 15.

“If the court sticks to its normal procedures, that would mean that even if it accepts the case as a later date, it would not be argued until the new term starting in October, with a decision likely in 2020.”


About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet,, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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