Trump Rescinds DACA; Tosses Ball In Congress’ Court
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The Trump administration announced via Attorney General Jeff Sessions that it will move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Such a decision will leave hundreds of thousands (roughly 800k) in limbo, essentially putting an expiration date on the legal protections granted to those known as “DREAMers”, who entered the United States illegally as children.

According to Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, the program would wind down in 6 months, and no new initial requests or associated applications filed after today will be acted upon. Current beneficiaries will not be affected prior to March 5, 2018.

Duke went on to say,

“The Department of Justice has carefully evaluated the program’s constitutionality and determined it conflicts with our existing immigration laws.”

In the press conference, Sessions called DACA a “unilateral executive amnesty”, and that the Obama administration “deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions. Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the Executive Branch. DACA denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs. We cannot admit everyone who would like to come here. It’s just that simple.”

DACA allowed individuals who were brought to the U.S. as children or teens before mid-2007 to apply for protection from deportation and work permits if they met certain requirements. Beneficiaries had to be under the age of 16 upon entering the country; no older than 31 as of June 15, 2012; lived continuously in the U.S. since mid-2007; be enrolled in high school or college, already have a diploma or degree, have a GED certificate or be an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. military; and have no felony criminal convictions, significant misdemeanor convictions, no more than three other misdemeanor convictions or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.