“Before we ask what is actually fair to illegal immigrants, we must also ask what is actually fair to American families, students, taxpayers, in addition to job seekers,” the president added.
The announcement prompted an outcry, particularly through Democrats in addition to immigration advocacy groups. Mr. Obama, who had pledged to speak out should Mr. Trump end the program, said which the president had singled out young strivers for punishment they did not deserve.
“To target these young people is actually wrong — because they have done nothing wrong,” Mr. Obama said on Facebook. “which is actually self-defeating — because they want to start completely new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, in addition to otherwise contribute to the country we love. in addition to which is actually cruel.”
He urged Congress to pass a bill to protect those who were shielded through deportation by the program.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said Mr. Trump could support legislation to protect those young immigrants, as long as Congress passes which as part of a broader immigration overhaul to strengthen the border, protect American jobs in addition to enhance enforcement.
“The president wants to see responsible immigration reform, in addition to he wants which to be part of which,” Ms. Sanders said, referring to protections for the young immigrants. “Something needs to be done. We want to be part of which.”
however Ms. Sanders could not say whether the president could support a stand-alone bill which only addresses protection for the young immigrants. in addition to she declined to say what Mr. Trump might do if Congress fails to act by the time the DACA recipients start losing their work permits in addition to deportation protection next March.
“We have confidence which Congress is actually going to step up in addition to do their job,” she said. “which is actually something which needs to be fixed legislatively.”
Earlier on Tuesday, which was Mr. Sessions, an immigration hard-liner who has helped shape Mr. Trump’s views, who publicly announced the move, in essence shifting responsibility for the immigration issue to lawmakers.
“The program known as DACA which was effectuated under the Obama administration is actually being rescinded,” Mr. Sessions told reporters, adding which “the policy was implemented unilaterally, to great controversy in addition to legal concern.”
Mr. Sessions called the Obama-era policy an “open-ended circumvention of immigration laws” in addition to an unconstitutional use of executive authority. “The executive branch through DACA deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions,” he said.
He also used the aggrieved language of anti-immigrant activists who argue which undocumented people are lawbreakers who hurt native-born Americans by usurping their jobs in addition to pushing down wages.
“The effect of which unilateral executive amnesty, among additional things, contributed to a surge of minors at the southern border with humanitarian consequences,” Mr. Sessions said. “which denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs.”
The announcement was an effort by Mr. Trump to honor his campaign pledge to end Mr. Obama’s immigration policy, while avoiding an immediate termination of protections in addition to work permits for the so-called “dreamers,” many of whom have lived within the United States since they were tiny children.
“We are people of compassion, in addition to we are people of law, however there is actually nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration law,” Mr. Sessions said.
The announcement formally started out the clock on revoking legal status through those protected under the 5-year-old program.
Mr. Obama created the DACA program as a way of protecting young, undocumented immigrants through deportation after Republicans in Congress repeatedly blocked passage of a legislation to accomplish which goal. The policy allowed about 800,000 young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children to work legally within the United States in addition to remain within the country without the fear of immediate deportation.
Officials said some of the current immigrants already receiving protection under the Obama-era plan will be able to renew their two-year period of legal status until October 5. however the announcement means which if Congress fails to act, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children could face deportation as early as March to countries where many of them have never lived.
“Congress right now has the opportunity to advance responsible immigration reform which puts American jobs in addition to American security first,” Mr. Trump said in his statement, calling for the enactment of legislation which could slash legal immigration levels by prioritizing the admittance of people who speak English in addition to have advanced skills. within the statement, he notably did not endorse bipartisan legislation to codify the Dreamers’ protections.
The president said he wanted to “resolve the DACA issue with heart in addition to compassion – however through the lawful democratic process – while at the same time ensuring which any immigration reform we adopt provides enduring benefits for the American citizens we were elected to serve. We must also have heart in addition to compassion for unemployed, struggling, in addition to forgotten Americans.”
Immigration officials said which they do not intend to actively target the young immigrants as priorities for deportation, though without the program’s protection, the immigrants are considered subject to removal through the United States in addition to could no longer be able to work legally.
As late as one hour before the decision was to be announced, administration officials privately expressed concern which Mr. Trump might not fully grasp the details of the steps he was about to take, in addition to when he discovered their full impact, could change his mind, according to a person familiar with their thinking who spoke on condition of anonymity without authorization to comment on which.
Marielena Hincapié, the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, called Mr. Trump’s decision “nothing short of hypocrisy, cruelty in addition to cowardice.”
in addition to Maria Praeli, a recipient of protection under the right now-ended program, criticized Mr. Sessions in addition to Mr. Trump for talking “about us as if we don’t matter in addition to as if which isn’t our home.”
After Mr. Sessions had delivered his remarks, more than 100 protesters marched past the Justice Department singing “which Land is actually Your Land, which Land is actually My Land” in Spanish in addition to “Venceremos,” or, “We shall overcome.” Holding bunches of red, white in addition to blue balloons in addition to an array of signs with handwritten messages — “We are dreamers, not criminals,” “Do not shatter them,” in addition to “Resist.”
Even within the bitter immigration debates of the past decade, children who were illegally brought to the United States at young ages by their parents, in addition to who graduated through high school or sought to enter the military, have held a sympathetic place within the conversation.
They were branded as Dreamers for their inspiring personal stories in addition to regarded by members of both parties as deserving of a special status. Opinion polls have found the public overwhelmingly supports granting them some form of legal standing which allows them to stay in addition to work within the country where they were raised.
Mr. Obama made a personal appeal to Mr. Trump about the program in addition to after being sworn in, Mr. Trump began to equivocate, musing aloud about the fate of “these incredible kids,” in addition to promising to deal with them with “great heart.”
In recent weeks, his dilemma has grown more dramatic, after 10 state attorneys general wrote to Mr. Sessions, threatening to mount a legal challenge to DACA unless the administration phased out the program by Sept. 5. In a recent meeting at the White House, Mr. Sessions informed Mr. Trump he could not defend what he considered an unconstitutional order in court, according to people familiar with the conversation.
In June, the administration ended a similar program Mr. Obama created in 2014 to expand eligibility for DACA in addition to give legal status to as many as 5 million parents of citizens in addition to legal permanent residents. which order was blocked by a legal challenge by the State of Texas, in addition to the Supreme Court announced last year which which had deadlocked on the case, 4 to 4.
The attorneys general said if Mr. Trump did not take similar action to terminate DACA, they could amend the Texas lawsuit to include which in addition to work to have a court overturn the program along with the additional two.
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