Donald Trump Administration To End Former Obama Administration's DACA Protection Programme for 800,000 Immigrants

In announcing the decision, U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions described the DACA Programme as being an “unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch.”

Donald Trump Administration To End Former Obama Administration's DACA Protection Programme for 800,000 Immigrants

U.S President Donald Trump today announced that his administration will wind down the former Obama Administration's programme that protected young immigrants from deportation.

As was previously expected, U.S President Donald Trump's administration today announced that it will wind down the former Obama Administration's programme that protected young immigrants from deportation.

The programme popularly known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, shields young immigrants from deportation who were brought into the United States illegally. DACA provided around 800,000 young immigrants a safety net from deportation. It also allowed for them to work legally in the United States.

In announcing the decision, U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions, described the DACA Programme as being an “unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch.”

AG Sessions went on to mention that the U.S. "needs to have a lawful immigration that serves the national interest, and that the U.S. cannot admit everyone who wants to come into the country"

The DACA programme will be gradually phased out over a period of 6 months.

The Trump Administration is however putting pressure on the U.S Congress to find an alternate solution to DACA that will help to protect these young immigrants who were brought into the United States illegally as children, through no fault of their own