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DACA and Immigration

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Congress passed a bipartisan, two-year budget deal last week. Over the objections of many Democrats and immigration activists, the deal did not address the status of “Dreamers,” those living in the United States under the terms of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. The Trump Administration rescinded the DACA program last fall, giving Congress until March 5 to come up with a legislative fix. 

Instructors, click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt, a debate question, as well as other assessment questions.

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  • Writing: A fix to DACA is a legislative issue and should not be subject to executive orders.
  • Debate:  A budget bill is the wrong vehicle for finding a DACA legislative fix.
  • Poll: Children brought to the United States by their parents should not be subject to deportation.
  • Short Answer:  Why did many activists hope to have DACA included in the budget bill that passed Congress last week on a bipartisan basis?

Current Events Quiz

1) Congress has passed multiple immigration reform bills in the past decade. (T/F)

2) Many Democrats voted against the February 2018 budget bill because it did not include a fix to DACA. (T/F)

3) President Trump has asked Congress to fix DACA by March. (T/F)

4) Dreamers are:

a. Those hoping to get a visa to visit the United States
b. Undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as Children by their parents
c. Specifically immigrants from South America
d. None of the above

5) Public opinion polls demonstrate that a majority of American prefer:

a. A pathway to citizenship for Dreamers
b. To keep DACA protections
c. Not to build a border wall
d. All of the above


1. False
2. True
3. True
4. D
5. D