President Trump decided to end the Obama era “Dreamer” immigration plan, known as DACA, that gave federal protections to 800,000 undocumented immigrants between the ages of 15 and 36.
Started in June 2015 through executive action by former President Obama after approved immigration reform in the Democrat controlled House of Representatives was later rejected in the Republican controlled Senate, DACA (Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals), gave protections from deportations and allowed undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors the right to be eligible for a work permit.
President Trump said in a statement on Tuesday that the legislative branch, not the executive branch, writes these immigration laws and officials from 10 states are suing over the DACA program.
Stating that all new applications for work permits will not be accepted, President Trump said that “all existing work permits will be honored until their date of expiration up to two full years from today.”
President Trump advised the Department of Homeland Security that DACA recipients aren’t enforcement priorities for deportation at this time unless they are criminals, involved in criminal activity, or gang members.
“As I’ve said before, we will resolve the DACA issue with heart and compassion…. but through the lawful Democratic process… while at the same time ensuring that any immigration reform we adopt provides enduring benefits for the American citizens we were elected to serve” Trump said.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that “Congress should carefully and thoughtfully pursue the types of reforms that are right for the American people.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted a message of concern about the president’s actions to rescind DACA.
Schumer tweeted, “These are kids who only want to be good, hardworking Americans.
@POTUS ought to rethink before he does huge damage to them & the economy”
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 4, 2017
Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted, “America is strongest when we come together and reject xenophobia. Congress must permanently protect Dreamers and reject Trump’s bigotry.”
America is strongest when we come together and reject xenophobia. Congress must permanently protect Dreamers and reject Trump's bigotry. https://t.co/zn0Mk1rd11
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) September 5, 2017
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