White House rescinds Dreamers program, gives Congress time
"Congress should do the right thing and provide a solution for those who were brought here by parents as children," tweeted Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration announced today (Sept. 5) the repeal of a program that has protected people brought illegally to the United States as children by their parents, but it also provided a window of time for Congress to act in response.
In a morning briefing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the revocation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a 2012 order by President Obama that gave relief from deportation to undocumented immigrants who arrived in this country before their 16th birthday. Obama issued the executive order after Congress failed for more than a decade to pass proposals to address the issue.
The repeal of DACA will involve a "wind-down process" that will enable the Department of Homeland Security "to conduct an orderly change and fulfill the desire of this administration to create a time period for Congress to act -- should it so choose," said Sessions, who did not announce the time duration.
Even before Sessions' announcement, President Trump signaled the ball was in the legislative branch's court. "Congress, get ready to do your job -- DACA!," Trump tweeted earlier in the morning.