September 05, 2017 06:24 PM
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the program known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will end in six months to give Congress time to find a legislative solution for the immigrants.
Here's a look at the program and what happens next for the nearly 800,000 people in it who are allowed to work in the U.S. and receive protection from deportation.
Keep in mind, Tuesday's announcement essentially gives Congress six months to act. Either they can allow the program to be phased out, or they can pass a new law that addresses these issues.
What is DACA?
DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and the only people eligible are undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as kids. Since the program began in 2012, nearly 800,000 people throughout the country have been approved.
Where did it come from?
Frustration grew during the Obama administration over repeated failures to pass the "Dream Act," which would have provided a path to legal U.S. citizenship for the young immigrants who ended up becoming DACA beneficiaries and became known as "dreamers." The last major attempt to pass the legislation was in 2011.
Immigrant activists staged protests and participated in civil disobedience in an effort to push Obama to act after Congress did not pass legislation. DACA is different than the Dream Act because it does not provide a pathway to legal residency or citizenship.
What do you think of President Donald Trump's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with in six months?
Let your elected officials know your views on the issue?
Here are the websites and contact numbers of Minnesota's Congressional delegation:
Rep. Tim Walz (D) - (202) 225-2472; https://walzforms.house.gov/contact/
Rep. Jason Lewis (R) - (202) 225-2271; https://jasonlewis.house.gov/contact/
Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) - (202) 225-2871; https://paulsen.house.gov/contact-me/
Rep. Betty McCollum (D) - (202) 225-6631; https://mccollum.house.gov/contact/email
Rep. Tom Emmer (R) - (202) 225-2331; https://emmer.house.gov/contact/email
Rep. Collin Peterson (D) - (202) 225-2165; https://collinpeterson.house.gov/contact-me
Rep. Rick Nolan (D) - (202) 225-6211; https://nolan.house.gov/contact
Why end it?
President Donald Trump was under pressure from several states that threatened to sue his administration if it did not end DACA. They argued the order Obama issued creating the program was unconstitutional and that Congress should take charge of legislation dealing the issue.
Immigrant advocates, business leaders including the chief executives of Apple and Microsoft, clergy and many others put intense pressure on Trump to maintain the program but he decided to end it.
KSTP's Josh Rosenthal assisted in the reporting for this story
Updated: September 05, 2017 06:24 PM
Created: September 05, 2017 03:33 PM
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