Trump phases out DACA program, calls on Congress to act

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis speaks during a foreign policy and trade forum hosted by the Jesse Helms Center Foundation Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel. (Christine T. Nguyen | The North State Journal)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Tuesday scrapped a five-year-old program that allows 800,000 people illegally in the U.S. to stay without threat of deportation. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), enacted by executive order from former President Barack Obama, allowed those brought illegally into the U.S. as children to remain. Trump’s new plan phases out DACA, delaying implementation until March and giving Congress six months to come up with an alternative.

The action was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who called DACA an unconstitutional overreach by Obama. There will be an “orderly, lawful wind down,” Sessions said in a press conference Tuesday.

the ACLU of North Carolina. “Today the federal government has turned its back on these young people who came out of the shadows and worked hard to build their lives here.”

The DACA recipients are a fraction of the roughly 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, most of whom are Hispanic. Supporters of the program argue that people covered by it were raised and educated here and integrated into society, with scant ties to their countries of origin. Opponents of the program say that it is against federal law and gives incentive for further illegal immigration.

“To have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest, we cannot admit everyone who would like to come here,” said Sessions. “It’s just that simple. That would be an open-border policy and the American people have rightly rejected that.” READ MORE …