It looks likely that all of the 800,000 or so people identified as DACA recipients may be granted permanent resident status (hopefully not amnesty). That seems to be the Trump bargaining chip on the table to get some form of the wall, the end of chain migration, and the end to the untenable diversity lottery.
Bargaining continues. The bargaining table looks to be very wobbly.
The usual one size fits all government approach seems to be at play here. The Obama administration pretty much granted DACA status to anyone who asked for it without verifying that its own rules were being followed.
Of the 800,000 or so illegal immigrants being considered, how many are actually eligible? We don’t know and will probably never know. And no one is going to check. They’ve got the ticket.
The misleading and sympathetic myth that all 800,000 were dragged across the border as children, have become educated, and have assimilated into our culture is being applied to all. There is no indication that DACA status will be reviewed as part of the bargain.
Here are the official requirements for DACA eligibility:
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Checklist ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
• Born on or after June 16, 1981
• Came to the United States before reaching 16th birthday
• Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 (the past 5 years), up to the present time
• If previously deported, ordered removed, or left the US during this period, DISCUSS WITH AN IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY
• Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making DACA application
• Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
• Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, or obtained a general education certificate (GED)
• Have NOT been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
• If you have any arrests or criminal convictions, DISCUSS WITH AN ATTORNEY
• Be at least 15 years old to file an application (unless you are or have been in deportation proceedings)
So – How many with DACA status are actually eligible?
Trump, lawmakers take key step toward an immigration deal
FROM THE HILL: BY ALEXANDER BOLTON AND JORDAIN CARNEY – 01/09/18
President Trump and congressional negotiators on Tuesday outlined the parameters of a potential immigration deal during a lengthy bipartisan meeting at the White House, a major step toward avoiding a government shutdown.
The president and lawmakers who are leading immigration talks on Capitol Hill agreed that an agreement should include four key components.
It should protect an estimated 700,000 to 800,000 immigrants known as “Dreamers” from deportation, beef up security along the U.S.-Mexico border, change the weighting given to family relationships when granting legal status and reform the diversity visa lottery program.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later hailed the meeting as “successful.”
Trump told Republican and Democratic negotiators that he would rely on them to hammer out the details and indicated that he would sign into law whatever they send to his desk.
“What I approve is going to be very much reliant on what the people in this room come to me with. I have great confidence in the people,” he told the two dozen lawmakers arrayed around a table with him in the Cabinet Room.
Trump expressed sympathy to immigrants who came to the country illegally at a young age and now face deportation, urging negotiators to pass “a bill of love.”