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THE Nooner for September 4, 2017

 

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DACA: WHAT IS IT AND WHAT ARE THE POLITICAL DYNAMICS?
Yesterday was quite an interesting day in DC. Apparently, North Korea has a hydrogen bomb at the same time they're extending the range their missles, an Trump visited Houston.

Last night, President Trump's plan was leaked for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that was enacted as an executive order in 2012. It defers deportation action for people who entered the United States without documents for a renewable period of two years as long as they are enrolled in school or working. The immigrants would lose elibility if they commit multiple misdemeanors or a felony.

As of March 2017, 242,319 applications were filed from California, of which 64% were immediately eligible and the rest potentially eligible (such as those not of school age or those out of school looking for a job). It is estimated that there are 519,000 eligible in the Golden State. Data are from the Migration Policy Institute, a nonprofit funded by most of the largest foundations, including Gates, Annie E. Casey, as well other nonpartisan policy organizations like the National Conference of State Legislators and the U.S. State Department.

A toubling thing about DACA as an executive order is that eligible students are fearful of applying, as they have to out of the shadows, give the government their address and, if the order repealed, wait for the po-po to come knocking on their door. 

The top 5 countries of those eligible are Mexico, Guatemala, Korea, El Salvador, and the Philippines.

The politics and policy are complicated. DACA was intended to a Band-Aid awaiting comprehensive immigration reform. Technically, a 6-year old enrolled in school is elibigle for DACA, but what do we do? Deport her parents and put her on foster care? But the non-DACA situation was poor policy as well.

There was the story of the UCLA graduate and Brown doctoral student Tam Tran, who died along with fellow DREAM Act activist Cinthyia Felix. Tran was born to Vietnamese parents in a Germany after her parents fled by boat. Germany doesn't have birthright citizenship, so Tran is considered both undocumented and "stateless."

These are very complicated issues.

Obviously, in California, the largest number are found in Los Angeles County, but counties with a significant agriculture population also have a large number of DACA-eligible residents.

This has Speaker Paul Ryan worried and has spoken out against the DACA repeal. While the GOP has a 46-vote margin--meaning Democrats need flip 23 seat--the Speaker doesn't want to for his vulnerable members--7 in California to vote to repeal a program that hasn't seemingly caused major problems. Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted yesterday "250 of my Apple coworkers are . I stand with them. They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values." Celebrity chefs Jose Garces and Tom Collichio have been tweeting against the repeal.

The 7 vulnerable GOP incumbents are Denham, Hunter, Issa, Rohrabacher, Royce, Valadao, and Walters. Of those, Denham, Valadao could be the most vulnerable if they vote for a repeal, although Rohrabacher and Royce have signicant Asian populations. 

The Senate is very unlikely to approve repeal, as Orrin Hatch has spoken against it, and Lindsay Graham has a bill in this Congress for a full DREAM ACT (conditional permanent legal residency). His bill is cosponsored by Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Texas also has a large number of DACA-eligible, and Governor Greg Abbott has spoken against it.

Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris are both co-sponsors of Graham's bill.

THE LATEST: Lindsay Graham put out a statement a few minutes ago.

“If President Trump chooses to cancel the DACA program and give Congress six months to find a legislative solution, I will be supportive of such a position.

“I have always believed DACA was a presidential overreach. 

“However, I equally understand the plight of the Dream Act kids who -- for all practical purposes -- know no country other than America.

“If President Trump makes this decision we will work to find a legislative solution to their dilemma.  

“I have introduced legislation to solve this problem along with Senator Durbin.  I look forward to working with President Trump and my colleagues in Congress to find a fair solution to this difficult problem.”

Politically, there are three options for Congress: repeal completely, modify, or tell President Trump, "We're sorry, we couldn't reach agreement" and kick it back down Pennsylvania. The latter may be most likely. Then it would be up to the President as to move forward with the repeal, or put his hands in air. More likely he's triangulating to get something--perhaps closer to more liberal Graham plan, but he will have undone an Obama action and call it his own.

  

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TAX THRESHOLD: Did the California Supreme Court change the threshold to a simple majority, rather than two-thirds last week, for increasing parcel taxes and fees for citizen initiatives? It's compicated, writes Michael Smolens in the SDUT. [opinion]

ANTIFA: Legislators are looking at naming "AntiFa" as a street gang following recent Bay Area violent protest, report James Queally, Benjamin Oreskes and Richard Winton in the Tiimes.

BAIL: The LAT's Jazmine Ulloa looks at the efforts to reform the bail system and a nonprofit that is organizing women to make a push for it, arguing that the current system disproportionately burdens women.

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Delette Olberg and Anthony York!

    

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