By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services
The 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to let young immigrants remain in this country – at least for the time being – received a largely universal response in Arizona: Congress needs to do something.
Both those who agreed with the decision to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in place – and those who did not – acknowledge that it is far from a permanent solution.
And the question of what to do now – there are about 24,120 “dreamers” in Arizona – remains less than clear.
Gov. Doug Ducey would not weigh in on whether the justices got it right. But Ducey, a Republican, said this isn’t the end of the issue.
“He continues to believe that Congress needs to do its job to address this issue and ensure DACA kids do not have the rug pulled out from under them,” said gubernatorial press aide Patrick Ptak.
In previous remarks, however, Ducey put some conditions on all of that, saying a deal would require a compromise.
“I think it’s an opportunity for border security and immigration reform,” the governor said in 2019, saying he wanted to “start with border security.”