There’s no doubt that recent implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative is the biggest thing to happen in immigration law in many years. While most of the attention is currently focused on how to make it work, how to apply and how to work out the kinks, it’s important to take a macro view at the ways this program can actually renew the entire conversation on immigration reform.
1.) Reports since the DACA initiative began suggest that many young people are willing to come forward and apply despite concerns about the durability of the program. In other words, even if the White House were to change hands, DREAMers are willing to bet on the significant, bi-partisan support their cause has gotten this far. Whether 2013 ushers in a second Obama administration or a new Romney administration, the need to thoughtfully address the plight of more than a million young people is on the table and unavoidable now.