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The Department of Homeland Security formally rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, with a six-month delay for current recipients.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.
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What difference does it make... It makes a difference of about 14 million more illegal aliens running loose in America, nearly double the 16 million, you choose to report. That's a big difference... wouldn't you say?
Why.. should we accept numbers you fail to cite with authoritative references... like some women you obviously believe men should defer to you simply because you 'SAY SO"... well, this man doesn't accept such unilateral statements, nor should anyone with an open mind.
I am going to vote for Tif on this, it has never been a secret that Mexico's former ambassador to the United States hates President Trump.
3 points for Tif and the women, they have exposed more crap then you have Mr. Nelson.
Surprise, surprise... you support speculation and innuendo... fiction and wild-eyed conspiracy... hows the IRS or England conspiracy going, or the Federal Reserve of England and other such non-sensical ruminations of your fermenting mind?
I am particularly fascinated by your latest conspiracy theory... labeling the ACLU a George Soros operation... Albeit, the ACLU is leftist and Anit-American at heart, they are not a George Soros operation.
What will be your next revelation: That the sun rotates around the earth... that America never landed on the moon... or that Guam is about to capsize and tip over into the ocean? Fiction is certainly no stranger to your pallet.
Federal Reserve of England, my my!!!" if I remember Ronald you post a blog of How a few men of the fed control a nation, did I miss understand your contempt? Or was just looking for someone to bash?
Looks like to me once they stated, "There Is No Other Authority Higher Then Their Organization", people took a closer look at them.
And because some of their last names is Jewish, only show that CFR placed them into position where they can not be voted out or fired.
CFR- Council on Foreign Relations, of the British Empire, wow we, how is it these people have started writing and Amending our laws.
So if you look at Council on Foreign Relations, and the body that voted in DACA kissing the back side of Obama. and that is what the Republican Party did.
Kiss kiss kiss....pucker up that is what the sissy boy and girls did...LOL Tif
Tiff... there is no "Federal Reserve of England" , there is no CFR of the British Empire those are phony constructs that you and your neo-intelligentsia would have us believe... and they smack of rank Anti-Semitism and socialist propaganda... make that communist propaganda. You are either a dupe... or a willing tool of the left... as you attempt to misdirect the attention of true patriots from the real enemies of the Constitution ... onto some mythical groups and conspiracies, which simply have no basis or little basis in fact. Using George Soros's name doesn't make it so... and George is a very bad apple but your posts credit him with things he has no real control over... diverting attention from the true culprits doesn't help.
Stop trying to act like a patriot ... you are not. The more I read of your posts the more convinced I am that you need to call one of those infamous meetings where you frequently return with more unsupported... I'll release the proof latter... conspiracy theory. Like... you really have some hidden documents to support your theories... and those you have posted are completely irrelevant or full of jibberish... so much for your credibility. You have managed to run off legitimate debate and to replace it with lunacy of the highest order.
Nice cartoon but what does it really have to do with the current situation... we all know DACA is illegal and an open border conspiracy tool... So, what is the solution... more cartoons?
Wake Up, its time to have a Tea Party:
Now also see Islamic Immigration Amendments- US Law, George Soros's ACLU Foundation is hard at work to destroy America's Foundation Of Constitutional Laws.