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
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.”
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.