Adrienne St. Clair and Andrew Nicla

Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

In Focus DACA Special Report: Episode 5

On one side of the debate are the people who are demanding protection for those covered by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. They march. They chant. They protest. On the other side, opponents are just as convinced of their positions. But maybe not as loud.

Our theme song is “Zoo Bells” and we also heard “Lost The Raid,” both by Roddy Nikpour .

In this fifth episode of our In Focus DACA Special Report, we speak with those lawmakers and others who think the Trump administration is right to do away with DACA in its current form.

They told us they think there are alternative ways to protect DACA recipients, or “DREAMers,” those immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children and may know no other home. But they’re not convinced the DREAM Act is the best solution, and some, at least, are calling for Democrats to work on a compromise measure.

But some Democrats, and many DACA recipients, continue to insist the only possible solution is a “clean” DREAM Act, one that does not include language on a border wall, interior enforcement or other immigration issues.

We also talk to policy experts who help us break down the political game of chicken the two sides are engaged in as a crucial vote on the federal budget looms next month — and the possible government shutdown and other collateral damage that could happen if neither side blinks.

All while the clock continues to tick on Deadline DACA.

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