Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this morning that the DACA program is “unconstitutional” and it is being rescinded.
Sessions says the Obama-era program known as DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will end and a limit will be set on the number of immigrants allowed into the country this year. He said that the United States will simply be enforcing existing immigration laws.
DACA grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, known as “Dreamers.”
Trump’s decision would impact almost a half-million young people who live in South Florida.
Among members of the president’s own party opposing the move is South Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who tweeted, quote,
“After teasing #Dreamers for months with talk of his ‘great heart,’ @POTUS slams door on them. Some ‘heart’…”
The president will reportedly phase out DACA over a six-month period, giving Congress time to act on the matter.
That grace period is supposed to allow time for Congress to act on the matter.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have urged the President to continue the program.