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Jeff Sessions Announces End of DACA

DACA: Trump ends amnesty for 800,000 young immigrants in move that could lead to mass deportations

September 0-5, 2017


Donald Trump has ended a programme that has shielded nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation – but has called on Congress to pass legislation to let the so-called 'Dreamers' stay in the US.

Mr Trump's Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the decision to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) scheme with a six-month delay built in so that a solution can be found to ease the fear of deportation from those currently within the programme.

“The program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded,” Mr Sessions, a longtime DACA opponent, told reporters at a news conference, adding that “the policy was implemented unilaterally, to great controversy and legal concern.”


Mr Sessions called the programme, which began in 2012, an “open-ended circumvention of immigration laws” and an unconstitutional use of executive authority.

“The executive branch through DACA deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions,” Mr Sessions said.

White House officials – seemingly realising there is popular support for the 'Dreamers' outside of Mr Trump's base – have made clear in recent weeks that deporting criminals is still the priority. However, immigration is a polarising topic and the move is likely to cause splits within the President's Republican party.

Mr Trump is said to have agonised over the decision, having previously told Fox News in 2011: “You have people in this country for 20 years: They’ve done a great job, they’ve done wonderfully, they’ve gone to school, they’ve gotten good marks (and) they’re productive,” “Now we’re supposed to send them out of the country? I don’t believe in that,” he added at the time.


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Sessions: DACA 'is being rescinded': Attorney General announced says program that allows young undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. is "unconstituional" and "is being rescinded."

Trump defends decision to phase out DACA

War criminal: Barack Obama: Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question.

Mark Zuckerberg: This is a sad day for our country. The decision to end DACA is not just wrong. It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American Dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it.

‘We are America’: DACA recipients, supporters say they are not going anywhere





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