According to an article published by Politico, Donald Trump has made the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a six-month delay.
Trump, who has been weighing whether or not to end the Obama-era program, discussed how to end DACA with top White House aides on Sunday, according to Politico.
The program temporarily blocked the deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as minors and sought work permits.
Conversations with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who argued that Congress — rather than the executive branch — is responsible for writing immigration law, helped persuade the president to terminate the program, the two sources said, though White House aides caution that — as with everything in the Trump White House — nothing is set in stone until an official announcement has been made.
In a nod to reservations held by many lawmakers, the White House plans to delay the enforcement of the president’s decision for six months, giving Congress a window to act, according to one White House official. But a senior White House aide said that chief of staff John Kelly, who has been running the West Wing policy process on the issue, “thinks Congress should’ve gotten its act together a lot longer ago.
The president’s expected announcement is likely to shore up his base, which rallied behind his broader campaign message about the importance of enforcing the country’s immigration laws and securing the border. At the same time, the president’s decision is likely to be one of the most contentious of his early administration, opposed by leaders of both parties and by the political establishment more broadly.