It’s taken over seven months but it appears that President Trump may be getting close to fulfilling an important campaign promise and ending the illegal alien enabling DACA program.
President Trump has allowed the program to continue as he considers the options despite promising during the campaign to end it on day one of his presidency. DACA is a violation of federal law, a common characteristic of Obama dictates.
The program shields illegal aliens who were brought to the United States by their border-crashing parents from deportation and grants them permits to work and study in the United States. In essence it’s amnesty, two years at a time.
ABC News, citing multiple sources, announced on Friday that the decision to end the program could come as early as next week. Attorney General Sessions and senior White House officials discussed the program’s future on Thursday, with DHS sending their recommendations to the White House earlier this week.
The President has vacillated somewhat since taking office, adamantly vowing to terminate DACA during the campaign but softening his position once in office, saying at a February press conference, “We are going to deal with DACA with heart,” noting that the issue is “very, very difficult.”
He added, “To me, it’s one of the most difficult subjects I have because you have these incredible kids — in many cases, not in all cases, but you have some absolutely incredible kids — I would say mostly — they were brought here in such a way. It’s a very, very tough subject.”
Making the issue a little easier for President Trump and AG Sessions to take action on, ten GOP state attorneys general urged him in June to rescind the DACA program, allowing the two-year permits that had already been issued to expire on their own.
At that time they informed President Trump and the Attorney General that the government had until September 5th to drop the program or a lawsuit would be filed in a Texas federal court. The AG’s of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Nebraska, Arkansas, South Carolina, Idaho, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Kansas signed the letter issuing the ultimatum. That deadline is now less than two weeks away.
In early August DHS responded to a comparable challenge by 26 GOP attorneys general to the similar Obama DAPA order providing protections from the law to illegal alien parents of illegal alien children. That program never even made it into implementation, as Obama was blocked by courts prior to it taking effect.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Friday that the program continues to be under review.
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