Death of a dream: Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Trump administration is rescinding DACA because it is ‘unconstitutional’ and amounts to ‘unilateral executive amnesty’

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
By Paul Martin

President Trump signaled his intent this morning to end a program that allows illegal immigrants who arrived as children to live and work in the US
Justice Department said at a formal announcement that Trump would rescind the executive order creating the DACA program
Trump is expected to put a six-month sunset on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program
Sessions said Tuesday that the Department of Homeland Security had agreed to a ‘wind down’
State AGs were threatening to sue DOJ unless Trump rescinded the policy by today; Sessions cited the legal action in his announceent
It’s up to Congress to save the program protecting some 800,000 illegal immigrants from deportation now or allow it to expire

By Francesca Chambers, White House Correspondent
DailyMail.com
5 September 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Trump administration will ‘wind down’ an Obama-era program that allows illegal immigrants who arrived as children to live and work in the US without fear of deportation.

Sessions said in a press statement that the policy, known as DACA, is an ‘unconstitutional exercise of authority’ by the executive branch and amounts to ‘unilateral executive amnesty.’

The president will rescind an executive order creating the program, Sessions said.

It’s up to Congress to pass legislation extending the policy if it see fit, the DOJ official stated.

‘We are people of compassion, and we are people of law. But there is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws,’ Sessions said.

Sessions did not say how long the ‘wind-down’ that DHS is enacting would take.

A weekend report said Trump was planning to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals scheme that his predecessor implemented five years ago at the conclusion of a six-month waiting period.

The move is designed to give Congress the space and time it needs to approve legislation that mirrors the executive branch program that covers an estimated 8000,000 people.

‘Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!’ the president had said this morning on Twitter.

Sessions said Tuesday, during a televised statement at the Department of Justice, that Barack Obama had shown disrespect for the legislative process when he went around Congress to put DACA in place.

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