Jack Crowe, DCNF
President Donald Trump is expected to sign an order to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era immigration program that allows children to remain in the U.S. if they were brought illegally.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 31, 2017
Trump is expected to allow the roughly 800,000 immigrants affected remain in the U.S. legally until their current work visas expire. Implemented in 2012, the program does not offer a path to citizenship, but protects immigrants from deportation and provides them with temporary work permits. Only immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before 2007 and were under the age of 15 upon arrival are eligible for the program.
Trump campaigned on ending the program, but since taking office, he has faced substantial pushback from Democrats and even some moderate Republicans, who argue rolling back the policy would break up families and unjustly punish people who were brought to the U.S. illegally by no fault of their own.
Immigration hawks, like Attorney General Jeff Sessions, have called for the program’s repeal, arguing it is an unconstitutional measure that rewards illegal immigrants. A coalition of conservative state attorney generals have threatened to sue the Justice Department if the administration fails to end the program by Sept. 5.
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