Trump Administration Rescinds “Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals” (DACA), Putting As Many As 800,000 Immigrants Who Arrived Before Age 16 (Or With Expired Immigration Status) At Risk Of Deportation

 In Immigration, Mexico Wall   Last Updated: September 16, 2017

On September 5, 2017 President Trump announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, ending “legal protections granted to roughly 800,000 people known as ‘DREAMers,’ who entered the country illegally as children” over the next six months.

The current program, established under president Obama 5 years ago, prevents deportation of children that have immigrated into the united states illegally before the age of 16 (under the care of their parents or other family members) or whose immigration status has expired.  Approximately 800,000 people qualify for protection under this program.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security explaining that DACA was not statutorily authorized and was therefore an unconstitutional exercise of discretion by the executive branch.”

DACA recipients generally will not be impacted until after March 5, 2018, six months from now. That period of time gives Congress the opportunity to consider appropriate legislative solutions.”

On September 14, 2017 Democratic congressional leaders announced pursuing a deal with President Trump to legislate protections for those covered under DACA, which would also include improvements to border security.

 

 

Vanessa Romo, Martina Stewart, and Brian Naylor. "Trump Ends DACA, Calls On Congress To Act." NPR, 05 September 2017. Web. 16 September 2017.
Donald J. Trump. "President Donald J. Trump Restores Responsibility and the Rule of Law to Immigration." Whitehouse.gov, 05 September 2017. Press Release. 16 September 2017.
Alejandro Mayorkas. "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Who Can Be Considered." Department of Homeland Security, 15 August 2012. Web. 16 September 2017.
Ed O'Keefe and David Nakamura. "Trump, top Democrats agree to work on deal to save ‘dreamers’ from deportation." Washington Post, 14 September 2017. Web. 16 September 2017.
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