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Trump Administration Ends Protections for Immigrants Brought to US as Children

by Sanders Jett-Folk

On September 5th, President Donald Trump ordered an end to a program that protects children who were brought to the United States illegally from being deported. [1]

The program, called DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), was put in place by former President Barack Obama in June 2012. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for the program that August. As of June 2016, USCIS had approved nearly 750,000 applications with several thousand more still pending. [2]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the news at a press conference on September 5th. Sessions stated that “To have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest, we cannot admit everyone who would like to come here.” [3]

While DACA has been formally rescinded by the Trump Administration, its implementation has been done with a six month delay in order to give time for Congress to come up with a solution for what to do with the individuals that were previously eligible for the program. Following the official announcement of DACA’s discontinuation, Trump tweeted out that “Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!” [4] A bipartisan bill proposed by two Senators, Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), called the Dream Act has many of the same protections as DACA, but also provides a path to permanent citizenship. [5]

Junior Ben Tekin commented “I’m glad that Trump is getting rid of DACA. The parents of these kids should’ve thought about the repercussions before illegally entering the US.”

Sophomore Matthew Conway expressed general dissatisfaction for Trump’s immigration policies. He commented “I believe that Trump has not put as much consideration, time or effort towards his immigration laws.”

Junior Emily Yeeles said “I think that [DACA] should have not been created with an executive order in Obama’s presidency. It should have been instead brought through the Congress and the Senate.”

If Congress fails to pass any policy on what to do with those receiving benefits from DACA within the next six months, then all 750,000 people who rely on the program will lose any legal protections that they have and could possibly be subject to deportation.