This week, President Trump rescinded an Obama-era executive order that shields nearly 800,000 children of undocumented immigrants from deportation. According to the Trump Administration’s announcement, the expiration of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program will begin in six months, allowing Congress a window to pass legislation to save the program. “This is a gradual process, not a sudden phase out. Permits will not begin to expire for another six months, and will remain active for up to 24 months. Thus, in effect, I am not going to just cut DACA off, but rather provide a window of opportunity for Congress to finally act.” President Trump said in a written statement. “We must also have heart and compassion for unemployed, struggling, and forgotten Americans. Above all else, we must remember that young Americans have dreams too.”
The decision to end the DACA was promptly derided by business leaders and social activists. “This is a sad day for our country,” Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. Former President Obama also took to Facebook to make an impassioned defense of DACA, “Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be.”
What do you think? Will Congress pass legislation to save DACA?
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