President Trump would like to end Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This was one of his primary campaign promises, but he is facing opposition from both Democrats and among the GOP.
President Donald Trump is leaning toward ending a U.S. immigration policy the Obama administration started for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, according to multiple sources.
The president’s decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, could be announced as early as next week, one source said.
Trump has to make a decision before Sept. 5 when the 10-plus state attorneys general, led by Texas A.G. Ken Paxton, said they’d sue the Trump administration to end it and force the administration’s hand. Trump has to decide whether to defend the program or not, thereby ending it.
Though an announcement is likely next week, a senior administration official urged caution, noting that the president’s thinking could always change.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is adamantly opposed to keeping Obama’s DACA Executive Order, but as the Trump administration sheds people who were driving the winning Trump message, proponents of DACA have reason to hope it will remain in place.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has urged Trump to immediately end the program, while the Department of Homeland Security prefers a more complex approach to the problem. Trump himself is reported to be hesitant to deport children who were brought here when they were very young and has continued to issue new permits under the program.
If DACA was ended, it would impact at least 750,000 people.
If Trump did choose to end DACA, he would not have the support of his entire party. A group of predominantly centrist Republicans in Congress sent Trump an open letter earlier this week denouncing any attempts to end the program.
“Children brought to the United States at a young age did not have a choice in the matter,” they wrote. “They did not willingly seek to violate American statutes when they traveled with their families across our borders, as the alternative was often life without primary caregivers.”
As California’s governor Jerry Brown (D) beseeches Trump to keep DACA in tact, illegal aliens vow to “fight like hell” against the duly-elected President.
Undocumented young people and immigrant rights advocates prepared for battle on Friday amid rumors that President Donald Trump will finally fulfill a campaign promise to strip legal work permits from hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants and put them back at risk of deportation.
The White House said Friday that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is “currently under review,” and a spokesman for DHS said no updates are expected on Friday. But on Thursday, rumors spread on Capitol Hill and in the advocacy community that an announcement ― and not the one they hoped for ― could come as soon as Friday, bolstered by a report by Axios that Trump was seriously considering ending the program. On Friday, ABC News also reported that Trump is leaning toward ending DACA.
Dreamers “will fight like hell” to defend DACA, Greisa Martinez Rosas, advocacy director of the group United We Dream, said in a statement, referring to killing the program as a “violent white supremacist priority.”
“Trump said that immigrant youth could ‘rest easy’ and Speaker [Paul] Ryan said we were safe, but has done nothing,” she said. “Now Trump is considering taking protections away from me and 800,000 immigrant youth to make us vulnerable to being chased down by ICE agents, locked in detention camps and deported. This is outrageous.”
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