President Donald J. Trump took action in early September to roll back the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions claiming Trump’s rollback would preserve the safety and jobs of American citizens.
A week later, Trump changed his stance.
“Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!” Trump tweeted. “They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at young age.”
Trump met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif), who together said, “We agreed that the president would support enshrining DACA protections into law, and encourage the House and Senate to act.”
So what’s happening with DACA?
The fact is that Dreamers – people who were brought to the U.S. as children – contribute billions of dollars to the U.S. economy. Dreamers aren’t taking jobs from citizens, and as a group, DACA recipients commit less crime than others, too.
Nearly 800,000 youth will be affected by whatever action Trump ultimately takes.
According to acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, “no new initial requests or associated applications filed after today will be acted on.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan had urged President Trump to avoid dismantling the program and give Congress time to hammer out the details.
“It is my hope that the House and Senate, with the president’s leadership, will be able to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution that includes ensuring that those who have done nothing wrong can still contribute as a valued part of this great country,” said Ryan after the White House announced the president’s decision to dismantle DACA.
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