Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton mentioned two U.S. Government immigration programs during a recent debate with Bernie Sanders. I try to listen for comments spoken by the candidates that refer to laws, potential laws, recently enacted laws, Supreme Courts cases, whatever might be referred to in a debate but can be easily missed by the listener/observer watching the debate. Another instance of this type of “technical” reference as I’ll call it, was when Carly Fiorina referenced the Reins Act at the Republican debate on November 10, 2015.
Following are some web links so you can read about DACA and DAPA. Legal immigration and the illegal immigrant crisis (which I believe are two different issues that are “lumped” together in order to confuse people), are the “effect” of our elected Government officials failure to deal with the illegal immigration issue for several decades.
Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
“On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.” Quoted from the website of The Department of Homeland Security: https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca
Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA)
The following link is for a a mailer or pamphlet that explains the DAPA or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/ExecutiveActions/EAFlier_DAPA.pdf
The following link is for Executive Actions on Immigration: https://www.uscis.gov/immigrationaction
We are now “down” to two Democratic Presidential candidates: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, and three Republication Presidential candidates: John Kasich, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump. The debates should be getting more centered and start “drilling down” into the issues in more detail.
I have previously listed the links to the candidates’ websites to draw attention to their economic policy ideas and thinking. See my blog named: Signs of the Times #5: Presidential candidates economic platforms.
It’s now the end of March, 2016. The Federal Reserve Bank has raised the Federal Funds Rate once for .25%. Three more interest rate increases are on “hold” in particular because of the turmoil in the financial markets and in general because of strife around the whole world. The unintended consequences of all the actions, trade agreements, wars (both undeclared and declared), Supreme Court decisions or not, action of the U.S. Congress or not, are “coming home to roost.” Of course, the U.S. is not the only player on the world’s stage but we are a major protagonist. We are coming down to the finish line in our Presidential election. And the world is breathless…