President Trump is likely to announce an end to the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children.
President Trump is likely to announce Tuesday an end to the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children, Politico reports. The decision, fulfilling a core presidential campaign promise, is likely to ignite a political firestorm. Trump has faced strong warnings from members of his own party not to scrap the program. The president has wrestled for months with whether to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Conversations with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who argued that Congress rather than the executive branch is responsible for writing immigration law, helped persuade the president to terminate the program and kick the issue to Congress.
In a nod to reservations by many lawmakers, the White House plans to delay the enforcement of the decision for six months, giving Congress a window to act. Chief of staff John Kelly reportedly “thinks Congress should’ve gotten its act together a lot longer ago.” The Trump decision is likely to shore up his base, which rallied behind his broader campaign message about the importance of enforcing the country’s immigration laws and securing the border. The move is one of the most contentious of his administration, opposed by leaders of both parties and by the political establishment more broadly.