The attorney general of the United States, Jeff Sessions, held a press conference on Tuesday in which he announced the DACA program for illegal aliens will be rescinded, effective immediately. However, he also said the end of DACA will include a 6-month wind-down process for those already in the program to be protected from deportation, temporarily, while Congress addresses the issue over the next six months.
In response to the announcement, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who earlier in the week asked the president not to end the amnesty program put forward by President Obama in 2012, issued the following statement moments after the announcement was made by Jeff Sessions:
WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) issued the following statement following the Trump administration’s announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
“However well-intentioned, President Obama’s DACA program was a clear abuse of executive authority, an attempt to create law out of thin air. Just as the courts have already struck down similar Obama policy, this was never a viable long-term solution to this challenge. Congress writes laws, not the president, and ending this program fulfills a promise that President Trump made to restore the proper role of the executive and legislative branches. But now there is more to do, and the president has called on Congress to act.
“The president’s announcement does not revoke permits immediately, and it is important that those affected have clarity on how this interim period will be carried out. At the heart of this issue are young people who came to this country through no fault of their own, and for many of them, it’s the only country they know. Their status is one of many immigration issues, such as border security and interior enforcement, which Congress has failed to adequately address over the years. It is my hope that the House and Senate, with the president’s leadership, will be able to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution that includes ensuring that those who have done nothing wrong can still contribute as a valued part of this great country.”
My statement on the Trump administration’s announcement on DACA → https://t.co/jtODbY0reL
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) September 5, 2017
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AG Sessions announces DACA program is rescinded