Rescinding DACA is 'unnecessary and cruel'

Trevor Jackson
September 6, 2017

But contrary to the harsh stance taken earlier in the day by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the phase out of DACA, the president appeared to signal that the program may not be doomed after all.

Late-night took President Trump to task on Tuesday after it was announced that he would "wind down" former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which protects young immigrants (also known as "dreamers") brought into the country illegally as children. Many of the DACAmented activists had been pushing for expanded reforms toward the end of the Obama administration, including the extension of DACA protection for undocumented parents.

According to Department of Homeland Security officials, people with permits whose renewals are set to expire between now and March 5, 2018, will be able to re-apply - so long as their applications are submitted by October 5, 2017, one month from Tuesday.

Meanwhile civil rights organisations in NY have asked a federal judge to let them challenge Mr Trump's planned phase-out of the programme shielding young immigrants from deportation.

Trump hid behind a tweet telling Congress to fix DACA. They shouted "We are America" and "We want education". Trump added in a second, retweeted message.

Now, with this reversal, the government has the means to track down and deport young men and women who already are contributing to our economy or even serving in the military. "I have a love for these people, and hopefully now the Congress will be able to help them and do it properly", Trump told reporters at the White House yesterday.

After hedging for months around the future of DACA, Trump's decision to go forward with the repeal is partially a response to a threat by 10 states to sue the administration if it did not move to end the program by today.

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On Friday, Ron Gleason shared on his Facebook page, "I'm going to the square in downtown Tyler to make a silent statement on behalf of the Dreamers who are in the DACA program". The loss of DACA, which gives renewable, two-year permits to immigrants who entered the United States as undocumented minors, is expected to heavily cost Silicon Valley.

"No one is happy with this outcome - including the President", one official said, saying it was a prime reason Sessions was selected to make the announcement.

"Congress writes laws, not the president, and ending this program fulfills a promise that President Trump made to restore the proper role of the executive and legislative branches". Since his inauguration in January, however, the president has strengthened and prioritized the country's deportation system, calling for the hiring of thousands more immigration and border agents. The program was initially intended as a stop-gap measure to protect aspiring young immigrants, while Congress was to come up with a more lasting solution to their problems.

Trump didn't specify what he wanted done, essentially sending a six-month time bomb to his fellow Republicans in Congress who have no consensus on how to defuse it. "President Trump has again gone back on his word and through this action be adding to a long list of decisions which cruelly attack which Trump attacked throughout the campaign trail".

One bill addressing the issue that has received the most attention, introduced by Sens.

"When President Obama unilaterally created DACA, he unlawfully overstepped his executive authority and only put a temporary band-aid on a problem which prolonged uncertainty for many children brought here through no fault of their own". Although there are only 12 working days scheduled for Congress this September, Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) must find the time to support such legislation as well.

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