President Donald Trump started off the week with a tweet seemingly confirming his intention to end the
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era policy that shields unauthorised immigrants from deportation if if they were brought to the US as children.
“Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!” Trump tweeted Tuesday.
A Politico report Sunday said Trump intended to end the program, which was created via executive action from President Barack Obama. The report said he would include a six-month delay in ending the program, in theory giving Congress enough time to address it with legislation.
A formal announcement was expected later Tuesday.
The move, forced due to a threat from the Texas attorney general to sue the federal government over the program, now leaves the future of roughly 800,000 immigrants who benefit from the program in flux until the deadline.
Ending the DACA program was opposed not only by Democrats, but also by a large group of prominent Republicans. And more than 300 business leaders, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, and General Motors CEO Mary Barra, signed a letter urging Trump to continue the program.
Giving Congress six months to act also throws another legislative task to an already bursting congressional schedule that includes the debt ceiling, funding the government, Obamacare fixes, tax reform, and more.
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