Beginning and attempted termination of program
- 2012.06.15: Start of DACA program. Executive memorandum signed by Janet Napolitano under Barack Obama’s administration.
- 2017.06.15: End of DAPA, which would’ve protected the parents of individuals using DACA to obtain legal status. Executive memorandum signed by John F. Kelly under Donald J. Trump’s administration.
- 2017.09.05: DACA memorandum issued in 2012 is terminated. DACA “was effectuated by the previous administration through executive action, without proper statutory authority and with no established end-date, after Congress’ repeated rejection of proposed legislation that would have accomplished a similar result. Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the Executive Branch."
You may now imagine the immigrants brought to the USA as children, such as myself, can go back home. The story does not end there.
Legislative battle against the termination of DACA
- 2018.11.06: The ninth circuit says the termination of the DACA program was “arbitrary and capricious” and “therefore unlawful”
- 2019.06.28: The Supreme Court of the USA decides to hear arguments regarding the termination of DACA.
- 2019.10.02: Apple’s CEO Tim Cook filed a brief to the supreme court in support of DACA “We did not hire them out of kindness or charity,” the court filing reads. “We did it because Dreamers embody Apple’s innovation strategy. They come from diverse backgrounds and display a wide range of skills and experiences that equip them to tackle problems from different perspectives.”
- 2020.06: “A decision is expected no later than June 2020”.
- 2020.06.18 In a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court blocks the Trump administration’s plan to end DACA; however, they did not rule on its legality: “We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies,” Roberts wrote.
If DACA ends, America would experience hundreds of billions in GDP losses
That’s an educated guess. Consider these sources:
- Ike Brannon and Logan Albright at the CATO institute estimate “that the fiscal cost of immediately deporting the approximately 750,000 people currently in the DACA program would be over $60 billion to the federal government along with a $280 billion reduction in economic growth over the next decade..”
- A report written by Martin Heinrich at the USA’s Committee on Small Business estimates DACA recipients add $460.3 billion to the economy.
Or read more about my background.