While the impeachment fight rages, a more important development is happening. Former President Barack Obama’s landmark immigration policy, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, is running into major legal trouble that could finish it off.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has notified the Supreme Court that it cannot actually fulfill the requirements of DACA, according to Breitbart, seemingly setting the court up to confirm President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind the program altogether.
DOJ can’t issue work permits
DACA was never meant to last longer than a couple of years. It was an executive order that was meant to relieve the situation at the time. President Trump rescinded the executive order in 2017, leading to a lawsuit from Democrats and immigration advocates.
Now, the Justice Department may end the whole affair with their announcement that they do not have the authority to issue work permits to DACA recipients.
This could lead to the Supreme Court not only striking down DACA, but also other work permit policies for migrants place by previous presidents.
This may not sound good, but the reality is that the repeal of DACA has been a long time coming, and it’s good news because if these other policies are repealed along with DACA, many jobs may open up to American workers.
Breitbart reports that “the 2018 work permit total includes 328,000 work permits for DACA migrants,” and goes on to explain: “In 2018, at least 1.97 million work permits — most lasting one year — were issued to foreigners, according to data provided by DHS.”
According to Breitbart, “the huge total provides roughly two work permit workers for every four Americans who turned 18 that year.”
But no matter the number, those are jobs that aren’t going to American college graduates.” With incredibly high tuition costs and crushing student debt holding thousands down, American students should be a higher priority over foreign workers.
Donald Trump’s “America First” mentality is incredibly relevant when we are talking about young college students and their struggles. Those jobs need to go to those college students.
As much as the plight of dreamers and other immigrants needs to be solved, we can’t sacrifice other American jobs for non-American citizens.
We need to help who we can, but we can’t consign young Americans to crushing debt while others come in and take their jobs. The DACA fight is more important than the impeachment inquiry. Young Americans have way more on the line.