HIAS PA Issues Digest #9: Lowering the Refugee Ceiling and More

Ninth Edition                                                                                      September 18, 2017

HIAS Pennsylvania Immigration Issues Digest 

 White House May Lower Refugee Ceiling
below 50,000


The fight over DACA continues

Since Trump’s announcement to rescind DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) on September 5, various Washington officials have met to argue over its legislative future. While there has been some movement from Republican leadership, Democratic leadership made headlines on September 14, stating that President Trump was willing to support legislation to protect “Dreamers” in exchange for a border security upgrade that did not necessarily include a wall.

After the news broke, President Trump made conflicting statements about his support for the legislation as individuals from both sides of the aisle came out against such an agreement. While Republicans emphasized the need for the wall and worry about “amnesty,” Democrats worry that such a deal would lead to funds for more deportations.

Meanwhile, DACA recipients are suing the Trump Administration for rescinding DACA, arguing that the procedure violated due process. This lawsuit joins two others raised by State Attorney Generals.

What does this mean?

Although there is support on both sides of the aisle for legislation to pass legislation to support DACA recipients (46% of Republicans said they wanted a law that allows DREAMers to get citizenship), divides between Republicans, the complexities of negotiation, and the various positions taken by President Trump makes the passage of DACA legislation—and the fates of over 800,000 individuals—uncertain.

What can you do?

Right now, HIAS Pennsylvania is providing support to DACA recipients to reapply for DACA before the October 5th deadline. But we will always be there to provide legal screenings for other alternatives if DACA goes away, or, if the best happens, we’ll be there to help DACA recipients with whatever status legislation creates. Donate to help DACA recipients today.

Supreme Court States that Refugee Resettlement Agencies do not Count as a “Bona Fide” Relationship

As noted in the last digest, the 9th Circuit ruled that formal offers of assurance (agreements to resettlement) between refugee resettlement agencies and refugees count as a “bona fide” relationship in the same way that an offer of admission from a university or offer of employment from a university would. In a one paragraph order, the Supreme Court stayed the 9th circuit mandate until the court hears the full arguments in relationship to the Travel and Refugee Ban.

If the Supreme Court had agreed with the 9th Circuit ruling, 24,000 refugees would have been allowed to enter the country. HIAS Pennsylvania would have been able to resettle dozens of refugees, who continue to be stuck in limbo until the refugee/travel ban time period is up or the Supreme Court makes a decision (whichever happens first). 


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