Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday announced that the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival policy, which gave temporary amnesty to thousands of illegal immigrants brought into the U.S. as children, will come to an end under the Trump administration.
“I’m here today to announce that the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded,” Sessions announced at the Justice Department.
President Obama created DACA by executive order in 2012 after Congress refused to pass legislation on immigration reform. In public remarks made in 2011, Obama himself indicated it was not within his constitutional power as president to unilaterally create laws that would shield illegals from deportation and grant them work permits. But one year later he did exactly that . . .
Session blasted Obama for abusing executive power to grant amnesty to thousands of illegals.
“The policy was implemented unilaterally to great controversy and legal concern after Congress rejected legislative proposals to extend similar benefits on numerous occasions to this same group of illegal aliens,” the attorney general said. “In other words, the executive branch through DACA deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions. Such an open ended circumvention of our immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch.” (Read more from “Sessions Announces End of Special Protections for Illegal Aliens” HERE)