Trump Admin Continues its War on Dreamers

By The New England Council

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Trump Administration Announces DACA Changes. The Trump administration announced it will no longer process new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and that it will limit the renewal term for current DACA recipients to one year instead of the usual two. Last month, the Supreme Court blocked the administration’s effort to end the program and two weeks ago, a court in Maryland told the administration to start accepting new DACA applicants. The administration says it will reject new applicants while launching a “comprehensive review” of DACA, NPR reports.

House Passes Fiscal Year 2021 Education Appropriations Bill. The U.S. House of Representatives passed six more spending bills in a bundle totaling $1.3 trillion (HR 7617) including Labor-HHS-Education (HR 7614). The vote was 217 to 197. Democratic leaders took the underlying Defense spending bill, the largest of the dozen fiscal year 2021 spending bills, and added the text of five more. The White House has threatened a veto, citing numerous policy riders and unrequested spending. The bill provides a total of $73.5 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Education Department, an increase of $716 million above the fiscal 2020 enacted level and $6.9 billion above the president’s budget request, according to a committee summary. It raises funding for higher education institutions by $81 million to $2.6 billion. Included in the proposal is $49 million more for historically Black colleges and universities and other institutions serving minorities. It would also increase the size of the maximum Pell Grant by $150 to $6,495, to keep pace with inflation. The Hill reports on the House vote.

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