by Countable | 9.5.17
President Donald Trump has decided to terminate the Obama-era "Dreamers" program that protected young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. But the end of the policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, will come after a six-month delay.
Following weeks of deliberations, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday morning, "the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded."
Sessions said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will initiate a "wind down" process of DACA, giving lawmakers time to figure out what to do with the 800,000 undocumented immigrants benefiting from the program. DHS released a statement following Sessions’ remarks, saying that the program will end on March 5, 2018.
In anticipation of the announcement, President Trump tweeted this morning,
Congress, get ready to do your job - DACA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2017
Rescinding the DACA guidelines will put young, undocumented immigrants - the vast majority of whom were brought here by their parents - in the same category as adults who chose to enter the U.S. illegally. Until now, these "Dreamers" were protected from deportation.
Today’s decision comes on the deadline set by a number of state Attorneys Generals who demanded that Jeff Sessions, the federal government's top prosecutor, end the program. The AGs, from ten conservative states, warned the Justice Department that if DACA isn't rescinded by September 5th, they would file a lawsuit against the federal government.
Business leaders from companies including Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and General Motors had urged the President to keep the program.
Still, reactions leading up to today’s decision had been mixed.
Last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) asked the White House to hold off on scrapping DACA, saying he believed it was "something that Congress has to fix." Ending the program, he said, would leave too many individuals in “limbo.”
"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 that there needs to be a legislative solution," Ryan said.
Also last week, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) released a statement saying the U.S. needs "a workable, permanent solution for individuals who entered our country unlawfully as children through no fault of their own and who have built their lives here."
But Rep. Steve King (R-IA) tweeted on Sunday, "Ending DACA now gives chance 2 restore Rule of Law. Delaying so R Leadership can push Amnesty is Republican suicide."
Democrats, who mostly support DACA – or some form of it – had urged the president not to make today’s decision.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted on Sunday that DACA recipients were "kids who only want to be good, hardworking Americans. @POTUS ought to rethink before he does huge damage to them & their families."
Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota also joined in, tweeting on Sunday, "Young people affected by #DACA are American in every way except immigration status. @POTUS ending program is not who we should be as nation." The decision to end DACA, Franken tweeted later, “is a disgrace, & I promise that I will fight to protect #Dreamers in Minnesota and across our nation.”
It is unclear what will happen to the Dreamers if Congress fails to pass a measure by the six-month deadline.
What do you think? Was President Trump right to end DACA? Or should the program continue in some way? Congress has six-months to craft a solution: Hit Take Action, tell them what you’d like to see, then tell your fellow Americans below.
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Written by Countable
The United States used to be thought of as a refuge and haven for people seeking opportunity. The Dreamers ARE exactly the type of people we want and need to spur growth and innovation. Trump and Sessions actions hurt our country and more importantly hurt children. You must in good conscience oppose the President in this matter.
I truly am ashamed to be an American today. This is so cruel and unjust. I only hope that all the Dreamers get together and sue the United States. This is not what I as an American citizen want. America has change for the worse.
This is the cruelest thing our President has done yet. It is one thing to have a tighter immigration policy, but it is quite a heartless thing to end a program for innocent children caught up in this. I urge you to either sponsor or support legislation to reinstate this program. This goes to the core of our values in this country.
Please do not support this ill-advised decision by Trump.
Technically then, EVERYONE should be deported. The Native Americans can have their country back. Sorry we damaged it so irreparably.
This is heartless and cruel. This administration will be judged in history as that and you will be included for not stopping them. Next it will be nuclear war. SHAME. You re putting us and your own families in jeopardy.
Ending DACA is wrong and you know it!
This is a terrible cowardly decision by this administration. I pray that you will stand up to the president and his administration. These children did not ask to be brought here and do not deserve to be discriminated against and their lives here in the states put in danger. Please stand in congress and make our voices heard against this end to the program.
Rescinding the Dreamers Act is wrong. Period. There is no good reason to rescind it. Trump is a xenophobe. I can't wait for him to be impeached.
This is just another attempt to obliterate President Obama's legacy. Congress now has six months to reframe and rename this program to put it forth as legislation that they came up with and not let Obama have the credit. Meanwhile what are they doing to prevent the inhumane deportation of some 800,000 law abiding young people who just want to go to school and work in the only country the've known? They deserve our protection not abandonment to appease racist AG's and a racist POTUS!
Donald Trump is an asshole!
Do not kill DACA; stop the president from hurting people who want a better life. Who are putting in work to become an asset to the community. Who just want an opportunity like the rest of us.
Please sign D.A.C.A. into law to stop the president from doing away with it. Protecting our young people from being deported to a country they have never known should be a bipartisan issue.
This is not okay!!
I guess that's tough luck for Melania then. Hope he kept her original shipping container. Seriously though, trump is a racist pile of crap and needs to go, now.
This program should not end. A child has no control over his circumstances. If brought to this country very young, they know no other life. Are we going to round them up, put them in jail where they will wait for months for a hearing that will end with them shoved off to another country. He wants to undo every Obama regulation. He doesn't care about any of these regs. His motivating factor is that Obama is a black man, and he cannot abide that. He has claimed that he wasn't born in this country making salacious allegations. He has claimed that Obama tapped his wires. He will stop subsidies to insurance companies so that AHC will implode and millions of people will be hurt. His motivating factor is his racism. His white supremacist beliefs--his base. Undo this outrageousness. Do something right. How low can he drag this country down? He already has generated violence and intolerance. Support legislation that does not make something that occurred in childhood a crime. I will be watching what you do.
The administrations actions is hurting children that already see this as their country. This is not fair to put these children and their families in this situation. I sat down and put myself in their shoes and I shed a tear thinking of the country I lived and love turns it's back on me. Now the fear and the unknown will be a part of their daily lives.
What is wrong with this man who calls himself our president???? These are children!! They had no control over being brought here. They were at the mercy of adults. And now you're going to punish them for events completely out of their control??? You're going to send them "back" to a country they no nothing about?? This decision is akin to murdering them. Because you are leaving them to fend for themselves in a strange land. It's sick.
NOOOOOOOOOOO! SAVE DACA!
Seriously??? Ok. Deport Melanie Trump. This self inflicted terror to a million People is heartless. IMPEACH!!!