Published: Wed, September 06, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Trump says he'll revisit DACA in 6 months if Congress doesn't act

Trump says he'll revisit DACA in 6 months if Congress doesn't act

The Trump administration's anticipated move toward ending DACA received swift backlash, including from Obama himself. But it wasn't the President, it was Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump's action nonetheless drew swift criticism from immigration advocates, Democratic lawmakers and business and religious leaders who had urged Trump to spare the program.

After a series of recent reports indicating that Trump would be phasing out the program, Attorney General Jeff Sessions broke the silence September 5, providing the administration's first official remarks since the speculation began.

"Tonight protests from the White House to Trump Tower to Denver, Colorado".

In announcing the end of DACA earlier on Tuesday, the White House said it would allow a six-month phase-out period for Congress to enact new protections for "Dreamers" - the young immigrants DACA shielded from deportation after living in the United States illegally since childhood.

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

West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin was absent for the 2010 DREAM Act vote, but later issued a statement indicating he would have opposed it. Manchin, the only other remaining Senate Democrat who did not support the bill, has not yet weighed in on Trump's repeal. "There is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws. What you don't hear so much about is the people who voted for Trump in the first place are probably real happy that something has been done to end the program and force Congress to do its duty".

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The marchers then proceeded to the Department of Justice, where the announcement was made, and to the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, where they staged a sit-in. Still, he added, "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.

However the politics unfold, in many ways, the program's future may also lie with the youth themselves, if they can leverage the power that DACA has enabled them to seize.

Major advocacy groups denounced the White House decision.

The decision put some of Trump's most ardent political supporters in an uncomfortable spot.

"And to President Trump, let me say something I have repeatedly said - I will see you in court", Schniederman said, met by cheers from the crowd of hundreds.

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

Peter Nunez, former USA attorney: "The pro-dreamers, the pro-illegal alien crowd, whatever he did they were going to be opposed to".

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If their permits expire before March, 5, 2018, they are eligible to renew them for another two years as long as they apply by October 5.

Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, called it "one of the most senseless, heartless, inhumane acts of any president in recent memory".

Immigrants and activists have already launched efforts to fight the decision. Marco Rubio of Florida, Lindsey Graham of SC, and Jeff Flake of Arizona, have said it would be more helpful if the White House would explain what it might sign into law.

Kimelman expressed the College Republicans' hope to promote legislation to transition out of DACA in the wake of its rescindment.

Officials of the Department of Homeland Security, which includes immigration and border-patrol officers, told reporters Tuesday they would not actively pursue the people who had been protected by DACA, at least for the next six months.

President Donald Trump's alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, condemned the decision in a statement from President Amy Gutmann, saying "this is a heartbreaking day for our country". "Those are the kinds of people who are literally making America great again", he said. "I have a love for these people and hopefully now Congress will be able to help them and do it properly". Some members of Congress say that's what's wrong with it.

"This is something that needs to be fixed legislatively, and we have confidence that they (Congress) are going to do that". Still, DACA recipients are often referred to as "Dreamers" - a reference to the earlier proposals that failed in Congress before Obama's action. "If they can't, I will revisit this issue!"

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