Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to hold a news briefing Tuesday morning on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The briefing was announced by the Justice Department late Monday amid mounting pressure over President Trump’s decision on whether to end the Obama-era de facto amnesty program.
The department didn’t provide any more information about the announcement.
The White House had said that an announcement would be made Tuesday, as Trump mulls over whether to keep a longstanding campaign promise to scrap the 2012 program that defers deportation for those brought to the U.S. illegally as children who apply for work visas.
Trump’s daily schedule released by the White House for Tuesday noted several meetings relating to national security and tax reform but included no mention of a DACA announcement.
The president did tweet out a message on Twitter about DACA on Tuesday. “Congress, get ready to do your job.”
Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2017
Reports emerged on Sunday saying that President Trump was considering ending the program with a six-month delay, in an effort to give Congress the opportunity to pass legislation to protect the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who will be impacted by the decision.
The expected move would up the stakes for lawmakers to act, after a series of Republicans critical of the Obama administration program said that Congress should work on the issue.
Texas and a number of other states threatened to sue over DACA unless the president moved to end the program by Tuesday, and Sessions had previously declined to say whether he would mount a defense of the program in court.
A press release put out by the White House says that after Sessions’ briefing, the press will not be allowed to ask questions, much to the chagrin of those on Twitter. It starts at 11am EDT.
— Michael A. Scarcella (@MikeScarcella) September 5, 2017
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