Anti-immigrant organizations like FAIR, CIS, NumbersUSA, and IRLI, all of which have ties to white nationalists, have long taken a hardline stance that the federal government should dramatically restrict immigration and make life as difficult as possible for undocumented immigrants already living here. Their harsh viewpoints make no exception for young undocumented individuals who have been living in the U.S. since childhood. Many of these individuals have been granted temporary status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and most know only the U.S. as home.
For years, anti-immigrant groups have advocated to strip DACA recipients of their work permits and make them more vulnerable to deportation. The individuals and groups in and outside of the White House responsible for the attacks on DACA recipients are also behind the “zero-tolerance” policy and the detention of children after their forcible separation from their parents.
Background on the Latest Assaults on DACA
In an effort to end the DACA program once and for all the Justice Department has coordinated with the Texas Attorney General’s office, and most recently, in an attempt to bypass three Federal Courts of Appeals in New York, Washington, D.C., and California, the DoJ petitioned for certiorari to the Supreme Court with the goal of expediting a decision this year. Previous and current legal attacks on the program have been spearheaded by Texas, FAIR’s legal arm Immigration Reform Law Institute, its chief lawyer Kris Kobach, and individuals within the Trump Administration like U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Stephen Miller. This litigation is not about the rule of law or safety and security, but about enacting a wishlist crafted by groups like FAIR, CIS, NumbersUSA, and IRLI designed to maintain a white majority and shrink the U.S. population. Restrictionists in and outside of the White House have been coordinating this exact strategy for years. Their goal is to rescind DACA, then leverage legal protections for DACA recipients in exchange for drastic cuts to legal immigration.