SDUT: Looking forward: 18 key San Diego issues in ’18

December 31 – San Diego Union Tribune – John Wilkens reports – Fifty years from now, what will San Diegans remember about the new year that dawns Monday?

A number of issues could bring significant change to the way the region looks, how it’s governed, how it behaves.

Here are 18 things worth watching in ‘18.

The issue: What to do about the nearly 800,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors and granted legal protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

Why it matters: Protections are due to expire in March unless the government acts, which would subject the so-called “dreamers” — 40,000 of them in the San Diego region — to deportation.

What to watch: Right before Christmas, the White House signaled a willingness to help the dreamers — but at what price in terms of the president’s other immigration and border-security priorities?

Key local players: Andrea Guerrero, executive director, Alliance San Diego; immigration attorney and dreamer Dulce Garcia; Peter Nunez, board chair, Center for Immigration Studies and former U.S. attorney in San Diego.

Read the full article here.