As Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Monday vowed legal action, Gov. Jay Inslee also promised a fight, while urging Congress to immediately to pass a bipartisan Dream Act. “The ‘build a wall’ and ‘deport them all’ mentality in the White House is an affront …” Inslee said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to announce that he will end protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, but with a six-month delay, people familiar with the plans said Sunday.
The delay in the formal dismantling of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program would be intended to give Congress time to decide whether it wants to address the status of the so-called Dreamers in legislation, according to two people familiar with the president’s thinking. But it was not immediately clear how the six-month delay would work in practice and what would happen to people who currently have work permits under the program, or whose permits expire during the six-month stretch.
It also was unclear exactly what would happen if Congress failed to pass a measure by the considered deadline. Two people familiar with the president’s thinking spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter ahead of a planned Tuesday announcement.
Trump has been wrestling for months with what to do with the Obama-era DACA program, which has given nearly 800,000 young immigrants a reprieve from deportation and the ability to work legally in the form of two-year, renewable work permits.
About 19,000 DACA recipients live in Washington state.
On Monday, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson promised legal action if Trump cancels DACA.
“If President Trump follows through on his reported decision to cancel DACA after a six-month delay, the Washington Attorney General’s Office will file suit to halt this cruel and illegal policy and defend DACA recipients,” Ferguson said in a statement. “We have been working closely with legal teams around the country, and we expect to be joined by other states in this action.”
The president, who has been grappling with the issue for months, has been known to change his mind about it and could still shift course. The plan was first reported by Politico on Sunday evening.
The expected move would come as the White House faces a Tuesday deadline set by 10 Republican state attorneys general who say they…