The Trump administration on Tuesday announced the “orderly wind down” of the Obama-era program that gave a deportation reprieve to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children – putting pressure on Congress to come up with a legislative alternative.
The Department of Homeland Security formally rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, with a six-month delay for current recipients. According to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, the interval is meant to give Congress “time to deliver on appropriate legislative solutions.”
“However, I want to be clear that no new initial requests or associated applications filed after today will be acted on,” Duke said in a written statement.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaking to reporters, blasted the Obama administration's "disrespect for the legislative process" in enacting the 2012 policy. He said the “unilateral executive amnesty” probably would have been blocked by the courts anyway.
“The executive branch, through DACA, deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions,” Sessions said, blaming the policy for the recent “surge” at the border. “Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch.”
A day earlier, Sessions sent Duke a letter with his legal determination that the 2012 executive action was unconstitutional.
The Trump administration was facing a Tuesday deadline to make a decision on DACA or face legal action by Republican state AGs who hoped to force the president’s hand in discontinuing the program.
Administration officials cast their approach Tuesday at the least disruptive option.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump had promised to terminate DACA, though he appeared to soften his stance since taking office. In ending the program with a six-month delay, Trump put the onus on Congress to pass a legislative fix.
According to DHS, no current beneficiaries will be impacted before March 5, 2018.
“Congress, get ready to do your job - DACA!” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.
In this Aug. 15, 2017, file photo, a woman holds up a signs in support of the Obama administration program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, during an immigration reform rally at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
While some Republicans support the goals of the DACA program, many opposed the use of executive action to institute it, describing the move as a presidential overreach.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is among those who now supports the call to protect so-called “Dreamers” with legislation.
“I have always believed DACA was a presidential overreach,” he said in a statement. "However, I equally understand the plight of the Dream Act kids who -- for all practical purposes know no country other than America. If President Trump makes this decision we will work to find a legislative solution to their dilemma.”
On a conference call, administration officials said Tuesday they are still prioritizing criminal aliens for deportation. But they described the original DACA criteria as very broad and cited the legal determination of the Justice Department.
During the presidential campaign, Trump referred to DACA as “illegal amnesty.” However, he seemed to edge away from that stance in April when he told the Associated Press that DACA recipients could “rest easy.”
The DACA program was formed through executive action by former President Barack Obama in 2012, allowing recipients to get a deportation reprieve – and work permits – for a two-year period subject to renewal. Under the program, individuals were able to request DACA status if they were under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012, came to the U.S. before turning 16 and have continuously lived in the country since June 15, 2007. Individuals must also have a high school diploma, GED certification, been honorably discharged from the military or still be in school. Recipients cannot have a criminal record.
Congress had been considering legislation to shield young illegal immigrants from deportation for years, dating back to the George W. Bush administration. Lawmakers tried again to pass a bill during the Obama administration, but couldn’t muster the votes amid flagging Republican support before Obama formed the program in 2012.
Nearly 800,000 undocumented youth are currently under the program's umbrella.
On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said he supported a legislative solution to protect undocumented minors, but also urged the president to reconsider scrapping DACA.
"I actually don't think he should do that and I believe that this is something that Congress has to fix," Ryan said on radio station WCLO.
Green card recipients can be naturalized U.S. citizens after five years; I think.
It was made clear in a lot of news, Obama shipped out a lot of illegals, and they covered it up, Why ?
An Untruth being peddled by a MEDIA THAT IDOLIZED OBAMA'S EVERY MOVE!
8 YEARS OF SMOKE AND MIRRORS BY A SNAKE OIL LIE UPON LIE SALESMAN and the IGNORANT PUBLIC BOUGHT IT HOOK LINE AND SINKER.
Slick Willie IN THE 1990's had osama bin laden with the cross hairs on his head 2 times and would not tell the sniper to take him out. But he lobs a few dozen Tomahawk missiles at an ASPIRIN FACTORY in retaliation for the bombing of the world trade center in 1993. Obama lets people get gassed by a maniac Syrian Leader and does nothing but saber rattle and lets our enemy,Vlad Putin handle it--
TWO SISSIFIED DEMOCRAT GROWN MEN in two pivotal time periods, DON'T DO THE RIGHT THING at the right time AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENS IN HUMAN HISTORY! Their morals would not let them----- BULLSHIT! Now they can live with the horrors those dead faced because they do not value life at the onset. Obama would not make good on his red line in the sand [F- ing sissy]
Deportations had to and needed to appear as though he was tough on illegal entry and for a time he was deporting but not to the extent that was reported by HIS MASS MEDIA reported to the public. Had it been the oodles HIS MEDIA WAS SAYING all would be well but---deport 1000 open the back door and let 2500 in.
The simple fact is that America as wealthy as it is IS ACTUALLY UNABLE TO TAKE CARE OF HER OWN CITIZENS THOSE 8 YEARS OF OBAMA NOTHINGNESS. Obama would not do the necessary things to our economy and everyone suffered for it. He was told what needed to be done but he would not do it because in his mind he was the smartest man in the room---NOT!
HERE WE ARE --- DON'T BELIEVE THE FAKE NEWS & LYING MEDIA!
I believe nothing they say.
Because it was fake news.
END UNCONSTITUTIONAL DACA NOW!!
Pro-DACA Senators could try and add amnesty to must-pass defense bill -- Tell your Senators to oppose!
Before the end of the month, the Senate will vote on the "must-pass" National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This legislation is required each fiscal year to authorize the Department of Defense and establish its annual budget. It should NOT be used as a vehicle for an amnesty for illegal aliens.
Since this legislation is viewed as "must-pass", pro-amnesty Senators could see it as an opportunity to add a DACA amnesty to the bill.
DACA is the unconstitutional executive amnesty issued by former Pres. Obama that granted deferred action and work permits to nearly 800,000 young illegal aliens. The Trump Administration announced an end to DACA earlier this month.
Please call your two U.S. Senators and urge them to oppose any attempt to add the DACA amnesty to the National Defense Authorization Act.
You can call by dialing the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and asking for your Senator's office or by clicking on the link below that will take you to a phone note on your Action Board with your Senators' direct numbers listed.
Thank-you for your statements on DACA. I agree with them wholeheartedly-------------100%.
This Whole DACA issue was and still is an unconstitutional issue by the Rogue Progressive Minded and Warped Democrat Administration run by Barrack Obama.
I call him-- "Mr. Give Away" among other titles which he totally deserves. Thank-you for the contact Numbers I miss placed them, and with them here I will do my best to contact them----for what good it will do since....
I live in California and my Senators refuse to listen to the minority party voices, Republican constituents, on any issue. A sad situation.
This State is now...... "like living in Tijuana." There are so many people who are not American Citizens, and you know it because when you say anything to them They can't even speak enough English to respond. And the Governor--Jerry Brown who destroyed California after Reagan put this state in the black is back doing it again with the drive to attain amnesty, in some form.
California is like that junk drawer, A TOTAL MESS. It needs to be pulled out dumped upside-down shook and put back together with the Republican Party at the helm. Send all the liberal nut-cakes packing, and Investigate Jerry Brown.
Thank you Stephen for taking action! You along with many CA folks know firsthand the very real negative impact of illegal immigration on a state better than so many in less affected states. The People have defeated amnesty several times already and if enough keep speaking out we can do it again.
House Speaker Paul Ryan to meet with Democratic Leadership to discuss DACA Amnesty
The Washington Post is reporting that House Speaker Paul Ryan is meeting with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the heads of several pro-amnesty Congressional caucuses this afternoon (Wednesday) to discuss a path forward on DACA.
Please call Speaker Ryan ahead of this afternoon's meeting and tell him that you oppose a DACA amnesty!
Speaker Ryan's DC office -- (202) 225-0600
Yesterday, The Hill published an op-ed written by Roy explaining why passing a DACA amnesty alone will only serve as an incentive for more illegal immigration and how current federal law will multiply the amnesty through chain migration.
A primary reason most of the hundreds of thousands of young-adult Dreamers have grown from childhood to adulthood while illegally in this country is that outlaw employers have been allowed to hire the Dreamers parents throughout their childhood...
Current law through its extended-family chain migration categories offers even more temptation for parents of other nations to create the Dreamer dilemma for their own children if they believe DACA-type amnesties may become available.
As soon as amnestied illegal immigrants become U.S. citizens, current law allows them to petition for their parents to also obtain lifetime work permits and permanent residency. In such a case, the sins of the parents not only wont be visited upon the children, they wont fall upon the parents, either.
-- NumbersUSA President Roy Beck, The Hill, Sept. 12, 2017
Pres. Trump promised throughout the campaign to put American workers first, but the White House has sent mixed signals in recent weeks.
Just last month, Pres. Trump stood with Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue and endorsed their RAISE Act, which would end chain migration and the visa lottery and transform employment-based green cards to a merit-based system. Pres. Trump said this legislation would help raise the wages for American workers by reducing low-skilled immigration.
Then, just last week, he finally fulfilled his promise to the voters when his administration announced an end to Pres. Obama's unconstitutional DACA executive amnesty. In his statement to the press, Pres. Trump, again, highlighted his support for the RAISE Act.
But just yesterday, the White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short told reporters that passing a DACA amnesty is a top priority for the White House even if it means passing on other immigration-related legislative priorities.
Given these mixed messages, Speaker Ryan must hear from the voters who helped elect Trump to the White House because of his pro-American worker positions on immigration. Should Congress pass a DACA amnesty and Pres. Trump sign it into law, it would be a slap in the face to the millions of Americans who voted for him.
Please call Speaker Ryan ahead of this afternoon's meeting and tell him that you oppose a DACA amnesty!
Speaker Ryan's DC office -- (202) 225-0600
Members of Congress who are frantically peddling DACA amnesty ideas — some with a touch of enforcement added — don’t seem interested in what caused these young-adult illegal immigrants to be in the situation the members are trying to fix.
If they explored the cause, they would see that Congress itself has been the culprit.
The dilemma of the so-called Dreamers has its origins in Congress passing the big 1986 amnesty and several smaller amnesties in the 1990s without including a guarantee that U.S. employers would keep jobs out of the hands of illegal workers.ADVERTISEMENT
A primary reason most of the hundreds of thousands of young-adult Dreamers have grown from childhood to adulthood while illegally in this country is that outlaw employers have been allowed to hire the Dreamers’ parents throughout their childhood.
Most illegal immigrants come — and stay — for the jobs. Congress has always made sure they can get them.
Congress continues to refuse to mandate the well-tested and widely-used E-Verify system. The outlaw employers in construction, manufacturing, hospitality and other services, of course, don't use it. Thus, parents worldwide, at this very moment, are enticed to illegally cross borders and overstay their visas while starting their children on the path to the long-term illegal-status life that Dreamers say is untenable.
The federal government has turned the other way as outlaw employers have depressed incomes for Americans and those here legally while they provided illegal-immigrant parents the wages that have fueled the Dreamers' dilemma.
Now, we hear voices from nearly every quarter hollering for Congress to make the same mistake again. They would allow employers to give jobs to the next set of illegal-alien parents so they can raise the next generation of Dreamers to demand yet another amnesty.
Current law — through its extended-family chain migration categories — offers even more temptation for parents of other nations to create the Dreamer dilemma for their own children if they believe DACA-type amnesties may become available.
As soon as amnestied illegal immigrants become U.S. citizens, current law allows them to petition for their parents to also obtain lifetime work permits and permanent residency. In such a case, the sins of the parents not only won’t be visited upon the children, they won’t fall upon the parents, either.
Chain migration categories for extended family multiply the problems of an amnesty. Because of these categories, it is not just the amnestied illegal immigrants who get added to compete permanently and directly with Americans in the legal labor market.
In considering a DACA amnesty, for example, Congress might think it is deciding about the economic harm to vulnerable American workers of adding several hundred thousand new competitors in the labor market (the children), but that amnesty threatens to eventually add their parents and extended family as competitors as well.
The downstream effects of the chain migration categories are often overlooked by amnesty advocates and are a significant reason why Dreamer amnesties have never gotten through Congress.
Every illegal border crosser and visa overstayer who was given a path to citizenship in the last 30 years has had the opportunity under current law to become a citizen and sponsor parents, brothers, sisters and adult children.
The speed at which these "chain" immigrants are added into the labor force is metered by the five-year wait to become a citizen and by some annual caps, although there is no limit on parents. But in the lifetime of a young Dreamer given an amnesty today, there would likely be time not only to obtain lifetime work permits for the original chain of extended family but for that Dreamer's grandparents (as parents of the Dreamer's parents), aunts and uncles (as siblings of the Dreamer's parents), and cousins (the children of the Dreamer's aunts and uncles).
The chains don't stop there. Every one of those adults could immediately bring their minor children and their spouse. Every spouse can start the same chains in his or her families.
All of them could receive lifetime work permits to compete for jobs with working-age Americans who don’t have a job, nearly one-in-four Americans, according to government data.
That’s the reality of DACA amnesty that Congress needs to face.