Former Homeland Security secretaries warn DACA fix needed urgently

By bartlett-weigle | 01/04/18

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Three former heads of the Department of Homeland Security told Congress in an open letter Wednesday that immigration legislation to protect “dreamers” is urgently needed to avoid triggering large-scale deportation problems and disruptions to the economy.

The letter — signed by Michael Chertoff, who headed the agency under President George W. Bush, and Janet Napolitano and Jeh Johnson, who headed it under President Obama — says the issue involving the legal status of nearly 700,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. as children needs to be resolved sooner than its official March 5 expiration date.

“The realistic deadline for successfully establishing a Dreamers program in time to prevent large scale loss of work authorization and deportation protection is only weeks away, in the middle of January,” the former secretaries wrote.