DACA will be dead by March 2020, according to an immigration think tank.
DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ordered by President Obama that has provided temporary amnesty for some 700,000 people who were brought to the country by their illegal-alien parents.
The Migration Policy Institute said that under Trump’s plan to kill the program, announced in September, all of the estimated 700,000 illegals given temporary amnesty will lose their protection by March 2020, reports Washington Examiner writer Paul Bedard.
The institute said 915 illegal immigrants will lose their DACA status beginning in March 2018, and it will reach 50,000 a month by March 2019.
MPI projects that all recipients will have lost protection by early March 2020, Bedard reported.
Trump has instructed Congress to work on a replacement plan.
MPI said more than 793,000 people have been in the program, with 689,800 still there.
MPI also said that while DACA recipients are almost as likely as U.S. adults in the same age group (15-32) to be enrolled in college (18 percent versus 20 percent), they are far less likely to have completed college (4 percent versus 18 percent).
About 44 percent of DACA holders have completed secondary education but are not enrolled in college. Another 20 percent remain in secondary school.
Just 55 percent of DACA recipients are employed, amounting to 382,000 workers, the report said, accounting for one quarter of 1 percent of all U.S. workers.
The most common occupations are hospitality, retail, construction, education, and health and social services, as well as professional services, the report said.
But an activist group that has helped defeat several amnesty bills says a White House immigration plan that asks for concessions from Democrats in exchange for allowing “Dreamers” to stay in the U.S. would be problematic.
The White House proposal – seeking to fulfill promises that got Trump elected – includes completing the border wall, more deportation agents and cracking down on sanctuary cities, chain migration, unaccompanied minors and visa overstays.
Among its 70 points are 39 improvements to enforcement and 27 regarding border security. At least four more address the legal immigration system.
“Anything that is done addressing the status of DACA recipients needs to include these three reforms and solve these three problems,” a White House source told the Washington Times. “If you don’t solve these problems then you’re not going to have a secure border, you’re not going to have a lawful immigration system and you’re not going to be able to protect American workers.”
But William Gheen, the president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, believes it would all be for naught.
He argues the cost would be a surge in Democratic Party voting rolls through granting residency and a path to citizenship to “Dreamers,” the children of migrants who came to the U.S. illegally.
The left-wing candidates they would elect, Gheen contends, likely would refuse to fulfill promises being made now.
The White House’s proposals, he told WND, are “so much meaningless sugar to make the amnesty poison go down.”