President Trump has decided to end DACA, the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program. DACA was signed into law during Former President Obama’s tenure, and allows work permits for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children. According to POLITICO:
‘In a nod to reservations held by many lawmakers, the White House plans to delay the enforcement of the president’s decision for six months, giving Congress a window to act, according to one White House official. But a senior White House aide said that chief of staff John Kelly, who has been running the West Wing policy process on the issue, “thinks Congress should’ve gotten its act together a lot longer ago.”‘
The irony of his decision comes on National Prayer Day, which Trump himself declared as a result of Hurricane Harvey.
Chelsea Clinton took to Twitter in a big way to point out the hypocrisy of Trump’s decision to end this program and
“disrupt hundreds of thousands of DREAMers lives” on National Prayer Day.
Many people echoed Chelsea’s sentiment.
DREAMers refers to The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, which was originally introduced in the Senate as a bipartisan bill in 2001. The purpose of the DREAM Act was to provide a way for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children to gain permanent legal status. According to the DREAM Act, individuals need to have achieved these things to qualify:
- Attending or graduating from an institution of higher learning
- Be of a certain age to apply
- Be physically present in the U.S. for a certain number of years
- Have good moral character
- Not have violated other immigration laws
The DACA Program became effective on August 15, 2012 and aimed at providing some temporary relief to those would have fallen under The DREAM Act. Despite major opposition to his decision, it does appear that President Trump is doing away with the DACA. Even Speaker of The House Paul Ryan said in an interview on Friday that he didn’t think Trump should end DACA. He wanted to instead allow Congress to decide.
Approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants are benefiting from DACA. This could cause major trauma for the families affected by ripping them apart. Thank you, Chelsea Clinton for being classy as always!
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