DACA, the program created by former President Barack Obama to aid undocumented workers who came to the country as children, will be ended by President Donald Trump. The move will cause a six-month delay in the protections provided in the program, moving the issue to Congress to handle instead of the current administration.
Trump has wrestled for months with whether to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. But conversations with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who argued that Congress — rather than the executive branch — is responsible for writing immigration law, helped persuade the president to terminate the program and kick the issue to Congress, the two sources said.
In a nod to reservations held by many lawmakers, the White House plans to delay the enforcement of the president’s decision for six months, giving Congress a window to act, according to one White House official. But a senior White House aide said that chief of staff John Kelly, who has been running the West Wing policy process on the issue, “thinks Congress should’ve gotten its act together a lot longer ago.”
Given President Trump’s seemingly personal aim to do away with a number of Obama-era programs and laws, the shift in moving DACA away from the hands of the top office of the land and into the halls of lawmakers doesn’t necessarily spell an end to the program but immigration continues to be a hot button issue in Congress.