With the border crisis making its way back into headlines, many have called into question Biden Administration immigration policies and the pending status of Title 42. Senatorial candidate US Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) continues to defend DACA just as the program turns 10 years old this week.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was implemented by the Obama Administration in 2012 to assist children who are illegally in the United States, or, "Dreamers," to have stable lives in the States.
Through the years, the program saw its existence threatened when then-President Donald Trump (R) almost succeeded in terminating the program. In 2020, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Trump administration could not get scrap DACA.
Representative Demings reaffirmed her devotion to DACA and its mission. The congresswoman wrote on Twitter, "I stand with Dreamers and admire their spirit of resilience, persistence, and their fight to achieve the American Dream."
Demings then added in a later Tweet today that the US should keep dreamers, "protected," writing, "DACA has given an opportunity to thousands of people to become professionals and live better lives along with their families. They are doctors, teachers, engineers, and police officers who help protect our communities. Dreamers must be protected."
DACA has given an opportunity to thousands of people to become professionals and live better lives along with their families. They are doctors, teachers, engineers, and police officers who help protect our communities. Dreamers must be protected.
— Val Demings (@valdemings) June 15, 2022
The central Florida congresswoman is currently fighting to oust incumbent US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) whose biggest point of contention with the Democrat challenger is immigration. While Demings has largely stayed behind the president, Rubio has painted a starkly different image of the southern border situation.
"A massive illegal immigration surge is coming & those who pushed to end Title 42 are to blame," said Sen. Rubio just two months ago.
Rubio currently holds an edge over Demings in statewide polls, but a messy and tense campaign has already began roughly five months until election day.