Immigration lawyers react to Trump’s priorities for DACA

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — President Trump issued a list of immigration priorities that he would like to see happen, in order to protect young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.

On Sunday, the White House administration issued a seven page immigration principles and policies document. It is a list of demands President Trump would like to see included in any legislation that deals with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  The subjects include, border security, interior enforcement and a merit based immigration system.

“Maybe it is a starting point and then he will be willing to negotiate with Congress or maybe he wants to see every single thing that is listed on this seven page list included,” said Amber Seay, an immigration lawyer.

Back on September 5, the Trump administration issued a memorandum ending the DACA program, and allowing for renewals, but only for a month.

“Essentially ending the program and punting it to Congress saying you now have to step in and pass legislation to protect the Dreamers or to allow some pathway of permanent status,” Seay said.

Seay says if people are worried they should let it be known.

“All I can say, I guess is for people who have DACA or citizens who are concerned about this is to call their congressman and their senator and make sure that they express their concerns about this so perhaps negotiations will go smoother,” Seay said.

Seay says she hopes for the sake of DACA recipients that lawmakers don’t wait on this issue.

“But definitely sooner rather than later as more and more children, their DACA status begins to expire and they can’t renew it. So the need for them to act just increases as the time goes on.”

The ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging how DACA was ended. They say since there wasn’t much notice it was a violation of due process.