President Trump is expected to announce the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Tuesday. The program, which was created by an executive order issued by Obama in June 2012, allows illegal immigrants who were brought into the country as children to remain on U.S. soil and obtain work and study permits as long as they have clean legal records.
Throughout the presidential campaign, Mr. Trump pledged to crack down on illegal immigration and vowed to end the DACA program. When asked what would happen to the hundreds of thousands of DREAMers back in February 2016, Mr. Trump made it clear that he thought the government – or any future government – should place the emphasis on the part of the population that resided in the U.S. legally.
“I want dreamers to come from the United States. I want the people in the United States that have children […] to have dreams also. We’re always talking about DREAMers for other people. I want the children that are growing up in the United States to be dreamers also. They’re not dreaming right now,” he told a reporter in Hanahan, South Carolina at the time.
However, in February Mr. Trump admitted that DACA was “a very, very difficult subject” for him because among the DREAMers there were “incredible kids.” The president did point out though that some of the individuals covered by DACA were “gang members” and “drug dealers.”
At the end of June, a number of attorneys general representing the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia asked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to withdraw the DACA program. They also threatened to sue if what they view as an unconstitutional amnesty policy was not abolished.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is understood to have been informed of President Trump’s decision on Sunday morning, said during an interview last Friday that he believed the DACA program should not be terminated.
“I don’t think he should do that. These are kids who know no other country, who were brought here by their parents and don’t know another home”, Ryan said. “I really do believe there that there needs to be a legislative solution,” he also added.
As a matter of fact, Congress will be given the opportunity to come up with a ‘legislative solution.’ Indeed, President Trump is also expected to announce that his decision would not come into force immediately and would be suspended for six months.Share