After a long wait, president Donald Trump has decided to put an end to the DACA program, that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, started by Barack Obama.
According to Politico, senior White House aides gathered this Sunday, in order to discuss the rollout of this decision which could start a real political scandal, but also fulfill one of the president’s main promises from his campaign.
It wasn’t an easy decision
Like expected, Donald Trump had to deal with several warnings from party members, which advised him not to scrap the program.
Over the past months, the president was undecided about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA.
After a talk with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, he concluded that terminating the program and kick the issue to Congress is the best decision. Specifically, Mr. Sessions argued that the Congress is the one responsible for making immigration laws, convincing Trump.
Right now, the White House plans to give the Congress six months to act, according to a source close to the White House. On the other side, chief of staff John Kelly thinks that this should’ve been done a lot longer ago.
Paul Ryan isn’t fancying Trump’s decision to end DACA
Donald Trump is expected to make an official announcement regarding DACA this week. Also, House Speaker Paul Ryan was informed about this decision on Sunday morning, even though two days earlier, he said that he doesn’t think that the president should terminate DACA and the Congress should act on the issue.
Finally, it will be very curious to see how Trump’s base will react to this, as this is one of the most important decisions of his early administration, opposed by both Democrat and Republican leaders.