Trump's DACA Decision Puts Dreamers' Future In The Hands Of Congress

Trump, Congress playing immigration chicken with Dreamers | Opinion

"There is no way five Democratic senators would vote against a clean DREAM Act" now, said one current Senate aide who works for a moderate Democratic senator - maybe one or two, if any at all, but "certainly not five".

Manchin's office did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday on Trump's decision to end DACA.

Washington, Sep 6 (IANS) US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been rescinded, potentially putting 800,000 illegal immigrants at the danger of deportation.

In front of the cameras on Tuesday, Sessions sounded much like his old self.

Obama skewered the Trump administration's decision in a statement late Tuesday: "To target these young people is wrong because they have done nothing wrong".

"This was a victory that we made", said United We Dream organizer Josue de Luna Navarro, who has lived in the United States since age 9 and now attends college in New Mexico. "There is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws". "But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws". "So by canceling it, Trump has stepped in some deep daca", he joked. Trump had faced a lawsuit filed by by officials from 10 Republican states if he did not announce he would end DACA by September 5.

Representative Mark Meadows, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, acknowledged on Tuesday evening that conservatives probably did not have the votes to stop a measure combining Harvey aid with a debt ceiling hike.

Groups including Yale Law School students, the National Immigration Law Centre and anti-poverty group Make the Road New York now want to amend that suit to take on Mr Trump's plan to dismantle the programme entirely. The deliberations inside the White House were like a "tug-of-war" among the President's advisers, officials said, adding that Trump was so unenthused about the decision that he outsourced the announcement to Sessions, who remains out of favor with Trump.

President Trump said he believes this is the right long-term solution. "DACA recipients, whose average age is in their 20s, were not an enforcement priority before, and they certainly won't become a priority now", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said yesterday.

"It's in large part a big part of the legal process", Sanders said.

"DACA recipients are brought to this country as children - they're our classmates, our colleagues, our service members, they've established their lives here and often have little or no connection to their country of origin", Sharuk said. "And therefore, it would be the Department of Justice to make a legal recommendation and that's what they did".

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. That move is created to give Congress six months to act to preserve the program legislatively. "Now that's being taken away", he said in a conference call.

Releasing only a written statement on Tuesday, after the announcement had already been made, Trump's relative quiet on the issue was an about-face from the campaign, during which he pledged to immediately rescind DACA. But the program isn't accepting new applications.

President Donald Trump promised in February to "show great heart" in deciding whether to continue or halt the DACA program. "They'll be talking about both the economic impact of this decision but also the human impact", the strategist said of moderate Democrats. "I have a love for these people and hopefully now Congress will be able to help them and do it properly".

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