Note: Latest headlines suggest White House will announce DACA decision on Tuesday.
The program, also known as DACA, which Napolitano helped enact in 2012 as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security under former President Barack Obama, gives some undocumented young people temporary relief from deportation. But President Donald Trump has repeatedly signaled that he might end the program.
“Throwing them all into a life of uncertainty is just wrong,” she said during a question-and-answer session after delivering a keynote address at the American Political Science Association annual meeting in San Francisco.
The program, which around 800,000 young people have taken advantage of so far, she said, “has run exactly as we’d hoped.” But in recent months, some attorneys general have urged Trump to halt DACA, a prospect that has alarmed immigrant activists.
Napolitano pushed back at the idea of tying the program’s future to funding for a border wall, saying it’s not right to use young people as “bait.” She called on Congress to pass a standalone Dream Act, to give undocumented young people more permanent relief from deportation but acknowledged the idea is currently politically untenable. “I wouldn’t bet the farm on that,” she said...
Full story at http://www.dailydemocrat.com/general-news/20170902/janet-napolitano-rejects-idea-of-ending-daca
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