By David Vandygriff
Donald Trump has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era policy that granted undocumented minors under the age of 16 protections from immediate deportation, as well as the ability to go to school and work.
Politico reported senior White House aides met on Sunday to discuss rollout of the DACA dismantle, one of the president’s key campaign promises.
Deferred action does not provide lawful status, but it does offer protection to nearly 800,000 Dreamers who could be yanked out of school or work. (The Williams Institute reports that estimated 75,000 of Dreamers are LGBT.)
Scrapping DACA has been controversial even among Republicans: “After teasing #Dreamers for months with talk of his ’great heart,’ @POTUS slams door on them,” tweeted Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-LF.). “Some ’heart.” Paul Ryan and Orrin Hatch have also expressed reservations about unilaterally terminating the program.
But Trump seems eager to score a win that will appease his hardline conservative base. It’s expected the repeal will officially be announced Tuesday, and will come with a six-month delay, giving Congress time to enact its own immigration policy.