Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that a program that allows young undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. is “unconstitutional” and “is being rescinded.”
Hours earlier, Trump heavily implied that would be the course he would take on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, confirming weekend reports with a tweet saying “Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!”
DACA lets undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before they were 16 the opportunity remain in the country for school or work, as long as they meet the program’s conditions. These “Dreamers” are given renewable two-year permits for deportation protection. According to data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, nearly 800,000 renewals have been approved since DACA was implemented in 2012.
Trump campaigned on a promise to end the program, though many members of Congress from both parties and some administration officials — including Chief of Staff and former Homeland Security chief John Kelly — are in favor of keeping in place protections for young undocumented immigrants.
Asked Friday in the Oval Office if those in the program should be worried, Trump said “We love Dreamers, we love everyone.”
Ten state attorneys general, however, threatened legal action against the White House if the administration didn’t end the program, saying the Obama’s program was executive overreach.
Independent Vermont Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday called ending the DACA “one of the ugliest and cruelest decisions ever made by a president.” His support, while not in such dramatic terms, was echoed by Republican counterparts in Congress.
Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, supports finding a “fix” for DACA, rather than ending it outright.
“I actually don’t think he should do that,” Ryan said of Trump considering to end the program in a radio interview Friday.
Ryan continued to say that former President Obama didn’t have the authority to implement the program through an executive action, but he supports bipartisan efforts of lawmakers to make its protections permanent. Obama, upon announcing DACA in 2012, said it was a “temporary” measure.
“There are people who are in limbo,” Ryan said. “These are kids who know no other country, who were brought here by their parents and don’t know another home. And so I really do believe there that there needs to be a legislative solution.”
Republican Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, an…