For months we have been hearing about the Trump administrations plans to overhaul the US immigration system. Every day there are news stories regarding immigration and what is supposed to happen.
The truth is that more than a million people are about to lose the protections that keep them from being deported. The process will soon begin unless the United States congress and the Trump administration can come to some king of agreement.
As part of the immigration overhaul, the president has also been pushing for the construction of a border wall. There are also plans to build more immigration detention centers.
There are a variety of programs that have come to the forefront recently, they include DACA and TPS and both are on the list to be acted on.
Temporary Protection Status (TPS) was granted to more than a quarter of a million immigrants from El Salvador in 2001 after a series of earthquakes hit Central America. The TPS gave protection to those immigrants and even allowed them to get work permits. The problem is, it was temporary, and the time is about to expire. Unless some agreement is reached, this protection will end in September of 2019 and these people will be subject to deportation.
And then there’s the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which is often called “Dreamers” which has been in all the news lately. DACA is ending on March 5. Another temporary program which was set up by the Obama administration to give the Dreamers a chance to stay in the United States without fear of deportation. This program also allowed the Dreamers to get two-year work permits. The problem is that this was also a temporary and time is running out for this program as well.
There are fierce arguments going on both sides of the issue and a solution is yet to be found. Will the administration follow through with deportations? They say it’s the law and that they are only following what the laws says. There is still time to find a solution that can follow the law and allow for less deportations.