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Saturday, September 24, 2022

5 things to know Monday

One year later, Kabul’s chaotic fall reverberates for Biden

The chaotic U.S. exit from Afghanistan one year ago, ending a 20-year conflict, undercut President Joe Biden’s pledge to restore competence to the White House. With Monday being the one-year anniversary of Kabul’s takeover by the Taliban, the Afghanistan debacle continues to hang over the Democratic president, even as his counter terrorism strategy yields consequential results with last month’s killing of top al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri. Biden’s approval rating fell below 50% for the first time following the messy U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s return to power. His standing still hasn’t recovered amid a convergence of other crises, including 40-year-high inflation, supply chain bottlenecks, the extended COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of monkeypox.

DACA was supposed to be temporary. 10 years later, is it working?

Monday marks 10 years since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, was created by the Obama administration. DACA allows qualifying children of immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally protection from deportation, access to driver’s licenses and permission to legally work. President Barack Obama introduced DACA in 2012 as a temporary relief until Congress passed more permanent solutions. It never did, and today recipients cling to the tenuous policy as a portal to opportunity. DACA has been under steady attack – from former President Donald Trump, a barrage of lawsuits and state and federal lawmakers who argue it is illegal to allow some immigrants to stay here without an act of Congress. A federal appeals court in New Orleans is expected to rule on the policy this year. 


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