Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a news briefing Tuesday morning on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The briefing was held at the Justice Department amid mounting pressure over President Trump’s decision on whether to end the Obama-era de facto amnesty program.
Prior to the press conference, the president sent out a tweet, telling Congress to get ready to do its job by handling DACA.
In his press conference, AG Sessions announced the DACA program was being rescinded.
Sessions went on to say that former President Obama, in 2012, issued the executive order as he deliberately sought to put forward an open-ended, unconstitutional immigration policy.
Sessions said the DACA program is vulnerable to lawsuits, and that it was not implemented consistent with the Constitution. The DOJ advised the Department of Homeland Security and the president to begin the wind-down process of DACA.
Mentioning the rule of law numerous times, Sessions said the DACA program was Obama’s way of nullifying the immigration laws he did not like. Sessions said Obama disrespected the rule of law with his launch of DACA.
Sessions said there is nothing about DACA, or the ending of it, that connects to “compassion.” Sessions continued, “There is just no way to accept and welcome everyone who wants to come to the United States.”
The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement following Sessions’ briefing that reiterated the “wind-down” process that he mentioned. It read, in part:
“This Administration’s decision to terminate DACA was not taken lightly. The Department of Justice has carefully evaluated the program’s Constitutionality and determined it conflicts with our existing immigration laws,” said Acting Secretary Elaine Duke. “As a result of recent litigation, we were faced with two options: wind the program down in an orderly fashion that protects beneficiaries in the near-term while working with Congress to pass legislation; or allow the judiciary to potentially shut the program down completely and immediately. We chose the least disruptive option.
“With the measures the Department is putting in place today, no current beneficiaries will be impacted before March 5, 2018, nearly six months from now, so Congress can have time to deliver on appropriate legislative solutions. However, I want to be clear that no new initial requests or associated applications filed after today will be acted on.”
In short, as of today, no new applications will be accepted. Those who are currently covered under the program will remain protected from deportation for at least six months, at a minimum.
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