US Attorney General Jeff Sessions says DACA program is ‘being rescinded’
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in a press conference Tuesday morning that the DACA program is “being rescinded.”
President Donald Trump first hinted in a tweet Tuesday morning that he would leave it up to Congress to decide what happens with the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA.
“Congress, get ready to do your job!” he tweeted.
The DACA program allows children of undocumented immigrants to stay in the country. DACA protects nearly 800,000 people from deportation.
The administration chose Sept. 5 to announce its decision on DACA, the same day several attorneys general have said they plan on expanding a lawsuit to include a challenge to the DACA program if it’s not ended.
President Barack Obama, who implemented DACA on June 15, 2012, using an executive action, intended for the program to be temporary and for Congress to pass a more comprehensive immigration reform bill.