A court ruling directing the White House thoroughly reinstate DACA has thrust the issue into the spotlight just in front of the midterm elections. And for now, each side are claiming political victory.
Friday’s ruling calls for the Trump administration to restart the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — that permits immigrants that were brought into your country illegally as children entitled to apply for legal status to figure, check out school or join the military — including accepting new applications.
Previous rulings have protected those that already decided upon DACA, but Friday’s decision by Washington-based U.S. District Judge John D. Bates, a George W. Bush appointee, went further.
DACA has largely dropped through the headlines ever since the failed effort by Congress to feed legislation protecting “Dreamers” brought here as children in substitution for funding for that southern border wall and other Republican-backed measures once the White House walked outside of the deal.
But Republicans see the ruling — additionally, the legal challenge designed to ensue rolling around in its wake — being a political boon. It falls within their political playbook of pushing to get rid of DACA, boost border security and require a hard line on immigration policy, and it is step to their hopes to keep hold of control of Congress after November’s elections.
The ruling reinstating DACA “can be quite a blessing in disguise,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “The very best issue to convert out Republican voters could be the issue of immigration, especially the challenge of illegal immigration.”
But Democrats say the tide has shifted inside their favor. Since Trump signed your order ending DACA not too long ago, polls have consistently shown strong bipartisan support to the policy. Actually, a solid majority of Americans favor going a little bit more and giving a road to citizenship to Dreamers. A current Gallup poll found 83 percent of usa citizens either favor or strongly favor an extremely method to citizenship, while 15 % oppose or strongly oppose it.
And Democrats say, the strong public sentiment with the policy of separating parents using their children at the border — an insurance policy Trump reversed amid fiery backlash — will still only boost support to find an approach to allow Dreamers to keep.
“It’s another wedge issue how the Republicans are going making use as they think it’s successful,” said Democratic strategist Jim Manley.
“But I’m not very sure it’s the silver lining that some are suggesting.”