Trump will phase out DACA, end protections for ‘Dreamers’

[private]The Trump administration said Tuesday it will phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program implemented by Barack Obama that provided protection from deportation for immigrant children brought to the U.S. by their parents.

Unless Congress acts to pass a revised immigration law within the next six months, some 800,000 DACA participants, known as “Dreamers,” could find themselves faced with deportation back to their parents’ country of origin.

While Trump’s decision was hailed by anti-immigration politicians, it was denounced by others as “the cruelest thing he’s ever done.”

“To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating,” Barack Obama said in a Facebook posting. “And it is cruel.”

“President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals memo demonstrates his understanding of the law, to which we are all bound,” said U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainesville). “Unfortunately, the previous administration disregarded the law in a 2012 decision that remains unconstitutional.”

“By rescinding DACA, President Trump is sending a clear and unambiguous message to his Steve Bannon-alt right supporters that they have a friend in the White House,” U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-DeKalb County) said.

“President Trump did the wrong thing in failing to protect our DACA youth, and history will judge him harshly,” Johnson said.

“Donald Trump’s decision to rescind DACA is a cruel and calculated political move that punishes 800,000 immigrants looking to build a better life and contribute to our economy,” said Antonio Molina of the Democratic Party of Georgia.

“Georgia ranks in the top ten states hit the hardest by Trump’s shortsighted move,” Molina said. “With 23,405 DACA recipients, Georgia stands to lose $994,182,808 in state GDP annually.”

Obama set up the DACA program through the issuance of an executive order in 2012. The program allowed DACA participants to continue residing in the U.S. and apply for work permits.

The Department of Homeland Security said it now will no longer accept new applications for DACA. Those persons enrolled in DACA will be able to continue working until their permits expire.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions had long denounced the Obama executive order setting up DACA as an “overreach” of presidential power and added, “The Department of Justice cannot defend this overreach.”

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