WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Tuesday ended an amnesty protecting 800,000 people brought to the United States illegally as minors from deportation, prompting a political firestorm.
The US leader — who had promised to act “with great heart” in the case of the so-called “Dreamers”, many of whom have lived most of their life in the United States — left it to his attorney general to make his final decision known.
“I am here today to announce that the programme known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama Administration is being rescinded,” Jeff Sessions announced, arguing that the amnesty was unconstitutional and “denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs”.
Residency permits will not be cancelled immediately, but will instead be phased out as they expire over the coming months and years. The Trump administration said it was now up to Congress to draft new legislation to address the situation of DACA recipients, many of whom come from Latin American countries.