President Donald Trump plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with a six month delay, two sources close to the situation told Politico.
Trump, who promised during his campaign to end the program, plans to enact the six month delay before ending it in order to give Congress time to act on DACA if they want, two sources told Politico on Sunday. Senior White House aides gathered Sunday afternoon to talk about how best to implement Trump’s decision.
Former President Barack Obama enacted DACA in 2012, which provides work permits to children who were brought to the U.S. illegally. Approximately 800,000 illegal immigrants have received DACA protections.
Trump intends to make the announcement Tuesday and has already told Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of his intentions, a source told Politico. Ryan and other lawmakers had previously warned Trump against ending DACA, with Ryan saying he believes it’s an issue Congress needs to fix.
“I actually don’t think he [Trump] should do that,” Ryan said Friday. “I believe that this is something that Congress has to fix.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions helped convince the president to end the program and let Congress deal with DACA, but since Trump is making the decision, nothing is definite, Politico reports. Sessions made the argument that Congress should be making immigration law, not the President.
Trump and his administration have been wrestling with how to best solve the DACA issue. Though one of Trump’s promises on the campaign trail was to immediately end it, Trump seemed to take a softer stance in April, saying that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers would not be going after DACA recipients. Between Jan. 1 and March 1, 124,649 illegal immigrants received DACA protections–17,125 new illegal immigrants got approved for the program and 107,524 illegal immigrants got their DACA status renewed.
The administration also faces a potential lawsuit over the DACA question. Ten Republican state attorneys general sent a letter to Sessions, threatening legal action by Sept. 5 if the program hasn’t been scrapped.
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