The United States is embroiled in a debate about whether to protect or deport its estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants, but the fact that these immigrants are also parents to more than 4 million U.S.-born children is often overlooked. We provide causal evidence of the impact of parents' unauthorized immigration status on the health of their U.S. citizen children. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program granted temporary protection from deportation to more than 780,000 unauthorized immigrants. We used Medicaid claims data from Oregon and exploited the quasi-random assignment of DACA eligibility among mothers with birthdates close to the DACA age qualification cutoff.
My partner, Graham, became an American citizen last month -- six years after the government tried to deport him. He's originally from Scotland, came here legally and obtained a green card in 1999, but was ordered out of the country because of a misdemeanor conviction for drug possession. Graham spent five months in immigration detention before a judge ruled that he could remain in the U.S., a harrowing experience that still haunts him today. Because detainees without documents are usually deported quickly, many of the people he was locked up with had some legal status -- though few rights as they fought to stay with their families. One man he befriended was an electrician from Philadelphia who was eventually deported to Northern Ireland because of a bar fight, which happened 11 years before immigration agents showed up at his home.
Democratic campaign consultant Doug Schoen and GOPAC chairman David Avella weigh in on how the President should move forward with wall-funding negotiations. I have heard some Republicans express support for trading DACA for $5 billion of border security. There are several problems that we can easily spot: the definition of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) population is unsettled and so is the amorphous term "border security." The most perplexing problem is the notion that such a deal will sanction illegal conduct, which will, in turn, lead to new constituencies who are similarly situated and will demand amnesty as well. The moral high ground that comes with respect for the rule of law will be lost, and we will surely see amnesty granted to a large number of illegal immigrants, on a frequent basis.
The state of New York will allow some undocumented immigrants to teach and practice medicine after the state's licensing board voted Tuesday to accept applications from immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. The action by the Board of Regents will open up new opportunities for thousands of people with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – or DACA – status. "They are American in every way but immigration status," state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said in Albany. They've worked hard in school, some have even served in the military." The DACA policy implemented by the Obama administration is June 2012 granted recipients the legal right to work in the United States.