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what congress should do about daca beneficiaries

attorney general jeff sessions’ announcement on tuesday that the obama-era deferred action for childhood arrivals program was unconstitutional and thus being “rescinded” has caused a huge uproar. the trump administration was immediately labeled as lacking compassion and being anti-immigrant.the critics of the administration’s announcement seem to forget two things: first, rescinding daca doesn’t means all daca beneficiaries are subject to deportation immediately; second and more importantly, daca is not the right solution for children whose parents brought them to the united states illegally.let’s first remind ourselves of what daca is. in june 2012, president obama announced an executive action—the deferred action for childhood arrivals (daca) program—which gave temporary relief to 1.5 million children who are already in the united states illegally. to be eligible for daca, applicants had to have arrived in the united states before age 16 and have lived in the united states since june 15, 2007. they could not have been older than 30 when the department of homeland security implemented the policy in 2012.daca allows those who meet these criteria to apply to defer deportation and legally reside in the united states for merely two years. only during these two years, daca recipients can legally obtain driver’s licenses, enroll in college, and work. after that, they could apply for a two-year renewal as long as they don’t have a criminal record.there ...