On Tuesday, President Trump delivered on a promise that immigration hardliners have long been waiting for: ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.
For months, immigration-restrictionist groups have been pushing for Trump to end DACA, which they, along with many Republicans, argue was an overreach of executive authority from the start. The program shields roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation, and allows them to work legally, but only if they pass a criminal background check.
Many expected Trump, who had made immigration a cornerstone of his campaign, to take action on day one. The Federation for American Immigration Reform, which favors reduced immigration, even included the repeal of the Obama-era program in a transition document on immigration policy shortly after Election Day.
Instead, that decision came roughly eight months into the administration: On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally announced that DACA is “being rescinded.” Advocates of reduced immigration welcomed the news.
“NumbersUSA applauds the President for keeping his campaign promise. Now it is time for Congress to focus on strong immigration enforcement measures and reforms to our legal immigration system that put American workers first,” said NumbersUSA President Roy Beck in a statement. FAIR also commended the administration’s decision. “President Trump repeatedly stated during the campaign that he would end DACA. The winding down period announced today will not only give DACA recipients time to get their affairs in order, but also gives Congress a unique opportunity to reengage in the immigration debate,” said Dan Stein, the president of FAIR.