Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration’s end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by President Obama.
The program was created by President Obama’s Executive Order in the summer of 2012 and provided relief from removal (deportation) and employment authorization for certain individuals brought to the United States as children. These individuals either never had valid immigration status or their status had already expired when the program was announced in 2012. Approximately 800,000 young immigrants were able to benefit from DACA.
A bipartisan bill to make DACA permanent was filed in Congress earlier this year. Likewise, the DREAM Act, which would provide permanent resident status to certain individuals brought to the United States as children, has received bipartisan support. It is now up to Congress to act.