On Tuesday, President Trump put forth a statement and the measures to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. The DACA program was an executive action put forth by the Obama Administration that had protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation.
In its statement, the Trump Administration noted that they have a plan that grants renewing permits for anyone whose status expires in the next six months, giving Congress time to act before any currently protected individuals lose their ability to work.
DACA was enacted five years ago under the Obama Administration, in which 800,000 individuals applied for the status and received certain protections, most importantly, the inability to be deported. This allowed many to pay taxes, attend school, start families, and pursue careers, and contribute to the forward progress of society.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, described that this was the right move for the President, stating that it brought back constitutionality to the US immigration system. She also called on Congress to act, and said that it would finally push representatives and senators to work together to pass comprehensive immigration legislation. If Congress doesn't act, nearly 300,000 people could begin to lose their status in 2018, and more than 320,000 would lose their status from January to August 2019.
OUR VERDICT: This is a significant setback for individuals that consider themselves DREAMERS. Trump and others are pushing back against Obama era policies, and our society won't know the next steps until Congress acts. However, Congress has already put forth plans for tax reform, a Harvey hurricane relief package, and the federal budget renewal. DACA may slip to the back.