Trump ends amnesty for 800,000 young immigrants
in move that could lead to mass deportations
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.
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.
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the Obama administration is being rescinded,” Mr Sessions,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.”
called the programme, which began in 2012, an
“open-ended circumvention of immigration laws”
and an unconstitutional use of executive
executive branch through DACA deliberately
sought to achieve what the legislative branch
specifically refused to authorize on multiple
occasions,” Mr Sessions said.
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.
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
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.
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