Following reports that President Donald Trump would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as early as Friday, immigrant rights activists and supporters of the program reacted with immediate outrage and promises to oppose the president if he makes such a move.
Both McClatchy and Fox News published reports on Thursday that cited officials familiar the White House deliberations:
DACA, established under former President Barack Obama, allows undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children—known as Dreamers—to apply for temporary but renewable relief from deportation, and to apply for work permits.
The reports indicated that Trump may allow DACA recipients with work authorizations through the program to stay until those permits expire.
When questioned about the status of DACA at a press conference on Thursday afternoon, following the reports, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that a “final decision on that front has not been made.”
In recent weeks, thousands have turned up for demonstrations organized by immigrant rights groups and supporters, in response to a threat from 10 state attorneys general, led by Ken Paxton of Texas, to legally challenge the program if the president doesn’t end it by September 5.
“The White House certainly could ignore the deadline imposed by the states threatening to sue, and instead leave the issue to the courts or Congress,” McClatchy reports, “but his advisors are urging Trump to take the reins.”
There is notable support for DACA nationwide. According to poll by NBC News and SurveyMonkey published on Thursday, 64 percent of Americans support preserving the program.
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