Trump Will Allow DACA To Expire - Unless Congress Authorizes The Policy

Lester Mason
September 6, 2017

They have never known another country, and most have grown up to be responsible students, hard workers and contributing, taxpaying members of society.

Responding in a statement on Facebook, Obama said he believes the Trump administration decision was political, and not made for legal reasons. The administration's move will take effect in March 2018 in order for Congress to create legislation to address the issue.

But Trump has repeatedly expressed sympathy for the young people protected by the program, describing the decision as one of the most hard he's had to grapple with as president. This gives rise to the idea of comprehensive immigration reform, including Mr Trump's wall proposal, which could become part of a package of measures to allow Dreamers amnesty, and a possible path to citizenship, while appeasing those who want secure borders.

DACA protects almost 800,000 immigrants from deportation.

"Fast-forward nearly exactly 75 years, and again America is contemplating removing people who, though not citizens, have been living in the United States lawfully, serving as productive members of our society". Sessions called Obama's executive order unconstitutional.

He approved the program in 2012 after unsuccessful efforts in Congress to pass a measure that would allow children of undocumented immigrants brought into the country illegally to avoid deportation.

But Trump argued that DACA protected people who broke USA laws, was unfair to legal immigrants, and encroached Congress's power to make immigration laws. But he added, "As I've said before, we will resolve the DACA issue with heart and compassion - but through the lawful democratic process".

Trump professing love for DACA "Dreamers" is nothing new, though today's statements stand as particularly galling and hollow in light of this morning's events.


Dreamers are people who came to the United States when they were children. Will Hurd, a Republican who represents a swing district in West Texas, said Congress should provide a "permanent, legislative solution" for the program that shields roughly 800,000 immigrants from deportation, including roughly 124,000 in Texas.

SB54, by de León, would prohibit law-enforcement officers from carrying out federal immigration laws, such as helping Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents with arresting, detaining or investigating a person for entering the country illegally.

"Moreover, courts are often more deferential to immigration executive actions than in other areas because immigration touches on sovereignty and national security", he said.

In Denver, hundreds of students at multiple schools walked out of classes to protest the move shortly after the announcement.

White House talking points on Tuesday urged DACA recipients to prepare for a "departure from the United States", a much starker possible future than Trump administration officials used in public when announcing an end to the program.

Bryan Lynn wrote this story for Learning English.

"It seems this is somethings we can wrap our minds around and get done", Wester said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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