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IVN Readers React: Should Congress Continue DACA?

by Shawn M. Griffiths, published

The news story that dominated the early part of the week was President Trump's decision to rescind President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive action. The reaction to it was broadly felt across the Internet and on social media.

It is important to note that DACA is not dead yet. Congress has six months to act, something that IVN contributing editor Steve Peace says shouldn't be a problem, given its popularity.

"If Congress can't pass a statutorily sound DACA with the winds of law, politics, and morality all at their backs, it is hard to imagine Congress being able to do anything," writes Peace.

READ MORE: DACA Failure on Congress: The Time For Action Is Now

Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is calling on Congress to protect the 800,000 DREAMers -- as they are called -- currently in the US from potential deportation.

"[DREAMers] deserve the opportunity to stay. Frankly, as a nation, we have an investment in them, and can only benefit if they are granted the clear legal opportunity to remain here and put their educations, skills, and ambitions to work," he says.

US Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) also weighed in on the matter, among other topics, in the most recent IVN podcast.

"I think you'll find a lot of people including Republicans who want to take legislative steps to prevent that from happening and preserve DACA," says Peters.


So, should Congress continue DACA? We posed the question to readers on the IVN Facebook Page.

Most respondents voted yes, Congress should continue the DACA program or some variant of it.

Still, a considerable number also said no -- approximately 1,700 of the nearly 6,000 responses. This is a testament to the diverse thought within the independent-minded community and the IVN audience.

Here is what some IVN readers had to say:

Read more of the responses here.

If you didn't have a chance to take the poll, it is not too late. What do you think? What should Congress do about the 800,000 DREAMers currently in the US and the DACA program?

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