President Trump is expected to announce plans to end President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which had halted the deportation of certain young illegal immigrants, a senior administration official told Fox News.
The announcement could come as early as Friday. Trump promised to terminate the program during the presidential campaign.
According to the official, Trump is expected to announce the program’s end but still allow the so-called “dreamers” currently in the program to stay in the U.S. until their work permits expire – which, for some, could be as long as two years.
The program, also known as DACA, was formed through executive order by Obama in 2012 and allows for certain people who came to the U.S. illegally as minors to be protected from immediate deportation.
Recipients are able to request “consideration of deferred action” for a period of two years which is subject to renewal.
The plan to allow DACA to lapse already has buy-in from conservative groups that want the president to end the program.
“Our position has been that President Trump should allow DACA to lapse,” Ira Mehlman from the Federation for American Immigration Reform told Fox News. “As people’s two-year deferments and work authorization expire they should not be renewed.”
In an interview with ABC News this spring, the president earlier suggested he might not entirely do away with DACA.
“They shouldn’t be very worried,” Trump said of the young people in the program. “I do have a big heart.”
Fox News’ John Roberts, Kaitlyn Schallhorn and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.
Source: Fox News