Trump To End DACA Program, Affecting 800K Dreamers
President Donald Trump is ending DACA – an Obama-era policy which has protected Dreamers from deportation.
CBS News reports the president will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program by not accepting new permits and letting the existing permits to expire with no chance to renew it, according to two Republican sources.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the announcement will be made Tuesday.
“We’re in the process of finalizing our details and we’ll announce our decision Tuesday,” said Huckabee Sanders who clarified the president and his team are going through all the details thoroughly.
Earlier, when asked if Dreamers should be worried, the president only responded, “We love the Dreamers. We love everybody. Thank you very much.”
The Dreamers policy has kept children who arrived in the United States without documentation safe from deportation. That will reportedly change for about 800,000 registered DACA recipients.
The message from the White House with this new action is that if lawmakers like DACA, they should write legislation for it and the White House will consider it.
House Speaker Paul Ryan told a radio station Friday that he thinks the so-called “Dreamers” should be allowed to stay in America.
“I actually don’t think he should do that,” said Ryan. “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 needs to be a legislative solution and that’s one we’re working on.”
Republican Senator Orrin Hatch says he called President Trump and urged him to keep the program.
DACA is a program that affects many in South Florida which is why education, business and political leaders gathered earlier this week – calling on the president to continue the Dreamers policy.
“These young people are an important component of our future, and today we are telling them ‘we are with you,'” said Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron at the event at MDC’s downtown Miami Wolfson Campus.
Supporters argue Dreamers will go on to careers, become consumers, buy homes, buy cars and build the American economy.
Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said the students in his schools sing the National Anthem, say the Pledge of Allegiance, are loyal to their adopted country and “American in every way except on paper.”
Immigrant advocates’ ultimate goal had been for Congress to enshrine DACA into law and enact comprehensive immigration reform, providing a pathway to citizenship.
President Trump who has taken a tough stance on immigration had been mostly mum about the issue during the White House review of the program.
This comes amid mounting pressure from Republican attorneys general of ten states who have set a deadline of Tuesday to dismantle DACA. If it’s not dismantled, they say they will sue the federal government.