Donald Trump Betrays the Dreamers—He’s Ending Obama’s DACA, and the Backlash Is Already Overwhelming

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The Trump administration is expected to announce on Tuesday an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), which was President Barack Obama’s signature immigration policy.

The program, introduced in 2012, would protect undocumented immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the United States as children—a group often described as Dreamers.

According to CNN, to be eligible, an applicant must have arrived in the US before age 16 and lived here since June 15, 2007. As of March 31, 2017, 886,814 people been approved for the program since it began—most are from Mexico, with the balance coming mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. If their applications are approved by US immigration officials, DACA recipients can come out of the shadows and obtain valid driver’s licenses, enroll in college, and legally secure jobs.

On Sunday afternoon, senior White House aides met to discuss how the announcement will be handled, knowing that it is likely to ignite a political firestorm. Trump has faced strong warnings from members of his own party not to scrap the program, and House Speaker Paul Ryan said during a radio interview on Friday that he didn’t think the president should terminate DACA, and that Congress should act on the issue.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has argued that Congress—rather than the executive branch—is responsible for writing immigration law, and he helped persuade the president to terminate the program and kick the issue to Congress. The White House plans to delay the enforcement of the president’s decision for six months, according to the New York Times, giving Congress a window to act.

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ reaction on Twitter was fierce, reflecting the attitude of most progressives:

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