Political Theater: How DACA went from temporary plan to forever battle


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Initially conceived as a temporary solution for vulnerable immigrants, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has become an intractable political battlefield as Congress continues to punt, year after year, a comprehensive overhaul of the country's immigration program. The latest chapter has underscored the fragility of even a government policy that has been around for almost 10 years: A district court judge in Texas last week struck it down, blocking new applications but allowing the more than 600,000 current recipients to stay in the program. More court cases will work their way through the system, but the onus is now also on a Congress that has tried, and failed, for years to address the topic. CQ Roll Call Staff Writer Suzanne Monyak joins us on the Political Theater Podcast to talk about why even a popular program supported by both sides of the aisle continues to be such a political football, as well as what's next.

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