Walker says immediate action needed to protect ‘Dreamers’

It's the opioid news conferenceWalker speaks at a news conference earlier in the 2017 legislative session. (Photo by Office of the Governor)

Gov. Bill Walker is among a bipartisan group of governors calling for quick congressional action for the 800,000 young people known as “Dreamers” who were eligible for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Walker, an independent, joined 10 other governors in a letter today, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper among other Republicans and Democrats. Walker’s joined similar groups in the past to advocate for the renewal of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and against the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act.

The letter says more than 12,000 Dreamers have already lost their protective status, which allows young people who came to America as children to stay with protections that allow them to work and attend college.

“Given this urgency, we encourage you to come together quickly to shape a bipartisan solution that allows our Dreamers to remain in the United States and continue their constructive contributions to our society,” explained the letter. “We stand with these young American immigrants not only because it is good for communities and a strong American 21st century economy, but also because it is the right thing for our nation to do.”

According the latest statistics by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, there are 151 individuals in Alaska who’ve been approved for protection under DACA.

Outlook

President Donald Trump revoked the program, calling it an unconstitutional use of executive power, but has seemed open to reenacting the program with congressional approval.

There’s a bipartisan effort to get DACA legislation passed, and Democrats had been considering making it a must-have in spending negotiations to avoid a government shutdown later this week, but they appear to be backing away from the issue for the immediate future.

Instead, it appears that a legislative fix could be on the table for some time in January of next year. According to Politico, the White House is still figuring out what it wants as part of a broader deal on immigration, which could include beefed up border security and other policy changes.

1 Comment on "Walker says immediate action needed to protect ‘Dreamers’"

  1. Awesome move, Governor. I applaud your willingness to step up for what is right.

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