DACA Program Ended by Trump Administration


via CNN

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the extermination of the DACA program early Tuesday morning.

Ramon Alvarado and Noah Garcia

The Trump Administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (better known as DACA) Tuesday morning. DACA protected around 800,000 “Dreamers” from being deported.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was the man that announced the final decision Tuesday. Stating that “the program known as DACA, that was effectuated under the Obama Administration, is being rescinded.”

Homeland Security Acting Secretary, Elaine Duke, spoke on the current status of those already in the program: “No new initial requests or associated applications filed after today will be acted on.”

The Trump Administration did, however, announce the continuation of DACA work permit renewals for anyone whose status will expire in the next six months. DHS officials state that valid permits will not be revoked or terminated, and will remain in effect until they expire.

DACA was an executive order implemented in 2012 and allowed immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to remain here. The program allowed those young Dreamers to go to school in the U.S. and made them eligible to get a work permit (under a two-year period of deferred action) once they were of age. The act even allowed them to participate in the social security program.

All of the benefits immigrants were given under DACA are now gone with the program. In his speech, Sessions let viewers know that the decision to end the program wasn’t done to deter immigrants, but was rather done in the best interests of the country.

“This does not mean [Dreamers] are bad people or that our nation disrespects or demeans them in anyway,” Sessions announced. “It means we are properly enforcing our laws as Congress has passed them. It is with these principles and duties in mind, and in light of imminent litigation, that we reviewed the Obama Administration’s DACA policy.”

The Department of Homeland Security announced plans on issuing further guidelines on how former DACA participants will be legally treated going forward into the 2018 year. The Immigrations and Customs Enforcement stated that there will be a continued prioritization of deportation of those undocumented people with criminal records.

As Sessions said towards the end of his speech, “We cannot admit everyone who wants to come here.”

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