What is DACA? A look at immigrant program repealed by Donald Trump

Randolph Lopez
September 6, 2017

Instead, he sent out longtime anti-immigrant advocate Attorney General Jeff Sessions (never has there been a harsh measure limiting immigration, nor any border extravagance he did not support) to deliver the news.

Manchin's office did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday on Trump's decision to end DACA.

In front of the cameras on Tuesday, Sessions sounded much like his old self. "There is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws". A senior Justice official flatly denied any communication between Sessions and the states, but shortly after the threat was issued in June, Sessions spoke favorably of the effort on Fox News. The law, he added, referring to immigration enforcement, is "very, very rough".

"President Trump, in a display of total and complete cowardice, has outsourced the announcement to end DACA to the Attorney General - a remarkable abdication of responsibility for the heartlessness of an action that leaves 800,000 lives in the balance". Those already enrolled in DACA remain covered until their permits expire.

The White House has defended the decision to rescind DACA.

Trump made a decision to end the program six months from now on the grounds that it is unconstitutional and vulnerable to court challenges.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican, said if Trump truly wants a comprehensive immigration reform package, including a solution for the 11 million immigrants in the country illegally, he's certain to be disappointed.

Such instructions come as the White House said earlier Tuesday that so-called DREAMers are "not a targeted priority" of immigration officials. "I think it's ill-informed, I think it rips families apart, and it's not what this country stands for".

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Peter Nunez, former USA attorney: "The pro-dreamers, the pro-illegal alien crowd, whatever he did they were going to be opposed to".

The Trump administration ultimately announced a plan to stop allowing any new applications for DACA as of Tuesday, but it will allow any DACA recipient whose permit expires by March 5, 2018, to apply for a renewal.

While the program faces termination, Congress possesses a six-month window to pass bills aimed at immigration reform. "But now there is more to do, and the president has called on Congress to act", he said. Lawmakers have been unsuccessful for years in their efforts to substantially revise USA immigration policies. Marco Rubio of Florida, Lindsey Graham of SC, and Jeff Flake of Arizona, have said it would be more helpful if the White House would explain what it might sign into law.

"The human and economic toll of rescinding DACA will be far reaching".

Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, now the president of the University of California system, said she was "deeply troubled" by the decision, adding "this backward-thinking, far-reaching move threatens to separate families and derail the futures of some of this country's brightest young minds, thousands of whom currently attend or have graduated from the University of California".

But Trump's Tuesday night tweet seems to imply that the President would be willing to act within his own executive authority if Congress fails to act - leaving the future of the program up in the air. "I'm not a hater, I don't wish these kids to be sent back to Mexico or anything like that but I don't believe we should have two sets of laws".

"I have a love for these people and hopefully now Congress will be able to help them and do it properly", Trump told reporters. Some members of Congress say that's what's wrong with it. "We're going to ask that they do that and that they allow us to work with them and be part of that process". Now I might not even get to reach any of them.

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