Governmental policy and legislation report No. 15

DACA was intended as temporary. When the Obama administration adopted the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) program in 2012, it was intended as a temporary program to defer deportation of young people who had been brought to the United States as children. Unfortunately, despite various proposals, there has been no permanent legislative help for these individuals. Furthermore, DACA eligibility criteria require that applicants have entered the United States prior to June 7, 2007, but the passage of time now renders many current high school graduates ineligible for the program because they arrived after that date. DACA has helped thousands of students to stay in the United States and finish college or obtain work, but permanent legislation is now even more necessary. Read more here.

Weapons regulation in Georgia. The Georgia General Assembly passed and the governor signed Senate Bill 318, a bill that allows Georgians to carry concealed handguns without first getting a license from the state. In the wake of the massacre of children in Texas and shoppers in Buffalo, there is discussion of legislation restricting or regulating possession of guns, but there seems little appetite for such regulation in Georgia. Nonetheless, the United States House of Representative has passed several bills increasing requirements for possessing weapons. Whether these bills will make progress in the Senate remains to be seen. While not advocating specific solutions or legislation, chairs of four committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote to all members of Congress urging them to seek ways to protect lives from destruction by firearms. The issue of gun regulation will not go away.