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VT "Dreamer", Lawmakers React to DACA Program Possibly Ending

06 September 2017

The dream could soon be a nightmare for 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children and granted legal protections under the Obama administration.

The White House says tomorrow President Trump will announce his plans for the Obama-era executive action known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

And last week, Trump said, "We love the 'Dreamers, '" referring to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and want to continue living their lives in the country. "So this is a mess of President Obama's making, and President Trump is taking a responsible step to say that he does not have the authority to do so and that Congress has to take action, if you want action taken on immigration".

Previous reports said there would be a six-month delay, but Sessions did not mention a specific time period during his remarks.

Officials have sent conflicting signals at times in the past as to what the final decision on the program's fate would be.

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the White House demonstrating against Trump.

Obama, who began the program in 2012, has said he would feel compelled to involve himself in the debate if Trump were to end the program and begin deporting people who were brought to the United States as children.

But Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said on Twitter that ending DACA would give "chance 2 restore Rule of Law". In a letter, Paxton wrote that if the administration doesn't end DACA by September 5, he will amend the complaint in the case against the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) - a lawsuit Texas fought and won - to include DACA.

Given the failure of the All-Republican Congress to work with the Trump administration to achieve any major legislation, the six-month window is just a cruel delaying tactic.

But such an approach - essentially kicking the can down the road and letting Congress deal with it- is fraught with uncertainty and political perils that amount, according to one vocal opponent, to "Republican suicide". Orrin Hatch and Arizona Sen.

Thousands have already rallied to support the program, including some Trump backers.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said in a statement the decision to end DACA will rip apart families. The company said it knows of 39 employees covered by the protection. But he later wavered and said he would treat the young recipients "with heart".

Permits under DACA are granted for two years before needing to be renewed.

"We promised to protect the 800,000 DACA recipients from deportation", she said in a statement.

The program has provided almost 800,000 young immigrants a reprieve from deportation. The deadline to pass it is September 30 or there will be a government shutdown.

For many of them, life in the United States is all they know.

It does not provide a path to citizenship.

Read: What is DACA and why does Trump want to end it? .

The Trump Administration made a decision to phase out the program following the threat of legal action by Republican attorneys general from nine states against DACA.

The president's decision may have been forced by nine Republican state attorneys general, led by Texas, who had threatened a legal challenge in federal court if Trump did not act to end DACA. "This does not mean they're bad people or our nation disrespects or demeans them in any way, we are properly enforcing our laws as Congress has passed them", said Sessions.