Saturday, April 20, 2019

Sessions’ DACA Announcement Today

Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a news briefing on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The scheduled briefing was announced late Monday amid mounting pressure over President Trump’s decision on whether to end the Obama-era program.

The White House said that an announcement would be made Tuesday as Trump grappled with whether to eliminate the 2012 program, which defers deportation for those brought to the U.S. illegally as children who applied for work visas. In Trump’s public daily schedule, released by the White House, for Tuesday there includes no mention of a DACA announcement.

On Sunday, reports emerged that Trump was eyeing to end the program with a six-month delay to allow Congress an opportunity to pass legislation to protect the hundreds of thousands of immigrations impacted by the decision.

Texas and a number of other states have threatened to sue over DACA unless Trump moved to end the program by the end of Tuesday; Attorney General Sessions has previously declined to say whether he would mount a defense of the program in court. Today’s decision to end the program that protects young undocumented immigrants significantly ups the stakes for Congress to act.

The Hill