Setback to DREAM Act policy
DREAM Act Policy of Obama faces a major setback in Nebraska and Arizona
In a recent move, USA government had decided to defer the deportation of illegal immigrants and provide them with the right of working here for at least two more years depending upon the individual immigrant cases.
Under this policy around 1.7 illegal immigrants will be receiving work permit and driver’ license provided they are not more than 31 years of age and must have arrived USA before turning 16.
The policy faced a setback after announcement of refusing driver’s license to newly documented immigrants under the “deferred action” by a few provinces like Arizona. Nebraska also joined hands with Arizona and stated that the immigrants who have been declared legal under the ‘deferred action plan’ will not be given driver’s license even in this province too. The two provinces have about 100,000 illegal immigrants within their borders.
The regions in the policy are in accordance with Real ID Act of 2005 which makes the recipient of deferred action eligible for working in the country.
Michael Olivas, an immigration law expert says, “The moves by the two states amount to a Constitutional throw down.”
He also refers the ban on driver’s license as “Nativity” and “restrictions forces”.
There are many who express their fear of immigrants being deported by the officials in spite of revision being effective for the last few days.
In a similar instance, George Wallace, late governor of Alabama had restricted African American students form entering the nation.
People in support of the illegal immigrants are correlating the two happenings in America.
Experts who are against the revision say that Obama Government is trying to implement the DREAM Act with the help of his bureaucratic machinery. There are some who relate it to a winning policy attempted by the government.
There are also those who could not win elections in spite of supporting the illegal immigrants and are now on the way to criticize the policy. At the same time they have not taken any action against the revision till now.
The government has to win tough battles to implement this policy successfully. On hand it has preserved the rights of the illegal immigrants who have been staying here and dreaming of a happy life for the last innumerable years. On the other hand there are Provinces who do not want to comply with the changes.