Trump Administration Announces End to ‘Dreamer’ Program

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s administration announced the end of a program that allows young undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that they would rescind President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive order that allowed for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to remain, with a “wind down” process of six months for Congress to act. Almost 800,000 people are protected from deportation under the program, but Sessions faulted Obama’s order, and called it an “open ended circumvention of immigration laws.”

But he also talked about the program in the context of the Trump administration’s efforts to curb illegal immigration, which was a central campaign platform.

“We cannot admit everyone who wants to come here,” Sessions said. He said that Obama’s unilateral executive amnesty…contributed to a surge of minors at the southern border with humanitarian consequences.” He also said that it “denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs.”

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Ten attorneys general had threatened to challenge the constitutionality of the program in court, a move that would have put Trump in the position of having to defend it. Trump campaigned on eliminating Obama’s executive order, but has more recently said that there was a need to treat those in the program with “heart.”

Trump, though, left the announcement to Sessions, who took no questions after making his statement. Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted that Congress needed to act. “Congress, get ready to do your job — DACA!”

The White House later issued a longer statement from Trump, in which he said, “As I’ve said before, we will resolve the DACA issue with heart and compassion – but through the lawful Democratic process – while at the same time ensuring that any immigration reform we adopt provides enduring benefits for the American citizens we were elected to serve.  We must also have heart and compassion for unemployed, struggling, and forgotten Americans.”

It’s unclear, though, whether Congress will act, with the administration giving lawmakers six months before the program will be ended. Obama’s rationale for issuing an executive order was because an earlier legislative effort failed.

“It is my hope that the House and Senate, with the president’s leadership, will be able to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution that includes ensuring that those who have done nothing wrong can still contribute as a valued part of this great country,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement.

But Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) criticized Trump’s approach to the situation.

“While I disagreed with President Obama’s unilateral action on this issue, I believe that rescinding DACA at this time is an unacceptable reversal of the promises and opportunities that have been conferred to these individuals,” he said. Because DACA recipients provided their personal information and address to the government, the fear is that they will be vulnerable to deportation if their status changes.

A number of Silicon Valley and media executives signed on to an open letter urging that the undocumented immigrants — known as “dreamers” — be allowed to stay. AT&T’s Randall Stephenson, IAC’s Barry Diller and Casey Wasserman are among those who recently signed the letter, adding to a list that also includes Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Apple’s Tim Cook.

The open letter from business executives made the case that all “DACA recipients grew up in America, registered with our government, submitted to extensive background checks, and are diligently giving back to our communities and paying income taxes.

“Our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions,” if DACA recipients lose their protections and face deportation, the letter continued, calling those recipients, also known as Dreamers, “vital to the future of our companies and our economy.”

Those in the DACA program have to meet a set of criteria, including having come to the U.S. with their parents before they turned 16. A fear is that if the program ends, their risk of deportation will only increase because the government will have access to their personal information.

Protests of the DACA decision were organized in several major cities Tuesday by immigrants rights groups. By 11 a.m., a small crowd had gathered outside Trump Tower in New York. NYPD officers began erecting barricades along Fifth Avenue, indicating that more people were expected throughout the day.

At 11:35 am a crowd of a few hundred demonstrators chanting “No fear, no papers” mounted a sit-down protest, stopping traffic on Fifth Avenue at 56th Street.

Demonstrators also appeared in front of the White House, as has been customary as the administration issues controversial decisions.

Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook after the announcement, “This is a sad day for our country. The decision to end DACA is not just wrong. It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American Dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it.”

Todd Schulte, the president of FWD.us, a pro-immigration reform group co-founded by Zuckerberg, said in a statement that “ultimately, every member of Congress must now decide whether they are going to allow Dreamers the chance to earn a path to citizenship by passing the bipartisan Dream Act, or whether they are going to watch as our neighbors and coworkers are ripped out of their jobs and our communities and deported to countries they may not even remember.”

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  1. Allan Falk says:


    Bill Clinton 1995 State of the Union immigration comments
    Trump is saying the exact same thing yet he is called a racist and xenophobic

  2. krzysztof vdryja says:

    bye felicia

  3. David W. says:

    I don,t usually respond to items like this, BUT. Question — These DACA people have how many years to apply for and/or receive full USA citizenship ? Yet, they definitely have not. What does that say about their personal commitment to stay in the USA, and, remove them from DACA enrollment ?

  4. John says:

    Tim Cook: “250 of my Apple coworkers are #Dreamers. I stand with them. They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values.”

    Mr. Cook, how about hiring 250 AMERICANS instead ?

    They deserve your respect, too.

    If you call this “cruel”, then give your job to an unemployed American,
    who can’t find any work, because some ‘Dreamers’ were cheaper.

    I totally agree with the Trump admin.

  5. Sad says:

    Good they can pay back every dime they and their parents received from the government (our money),
    like people pay back their college loans.
    My parents went to work every day to pay for their kids and themselves.
    Welfare must be abolished.
    Workfare is the law in some states and must be made law throughout the country.

  6. Cheryl H says:

    Let’s also look at what Clown Trump is doing – giving lawmakers 6 months to figure out a way for these people to stay. Such silliness and an exercise in futility. Either he wants them gone or he doesn’t. He needs to quit playing games where he bullies others and tries to exert his “authority,” and instead focus on the things that really matter. No wonder his approval numbers are in the dump. Exactly where this narcissistic, lying bully should be.

  7. Jacques Strappe says:

    The mayor of Houston says many of the homes destroyed by Hurricane Harvey were built by illegal immigrants and many illegals are participating in the cleanup and rescue efforts as well. Illegal immigrants do the crap jobs that no American citizen would ever consider doing and they work for the smallest of wages. Unless their employers are paying them illegally under the table (risking huge fines and imprisonment for the employer), illegal immigrants do pay Federal, State and Local taxes on their wages and purchases. They also pay into the social security system but never receive social security benefits which are only available to American citizens. Many of the adult children (aka “dreamers”) brought to this country by illegal immigrants are now working full time respectable jobs now. Not sure I see this push to throw out all illegal immigrants as anything more than hatred/racism hiding behind the “that’s the law” defense. Most low skill jobs will go unfilled by American citizens and they will need another target to hate and blame for their own declining living standard due to lack of higher education and automation.

    Trump hotels and resorts hire illegal immigrants and pay them sh_t salaries so Donald J Turnip is once again the ultimate hypocrite and liar. The real snowflakes are Trump supporters who buy into all of his pathological lies. Sad.

  8. Cheryl H says:

    “Obama’s rationale for issuing an executive order was because an earlier legislative effort failed.” So Obama can’t issue an executive order, but Clown Trump can? Interesting.

  9. Cheryl H says:

    “Our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions,” if DACA recipients lose their protections and face deportation.

  10. Barbara says:

    If the writers at variety would please stop writing political articles, as they miss important details that create a lie and fake news:
    The former pres created this so-called program ILLEGALLY, he dictated, as in dictator, this program into existence.
    No LEGAL formulations exist.
    Therefore the entire discussion and exhaustingly overburdening by the media of an issue that is illegal is just more lies and fake news.

  11. If we are country of law than what is it about the word “illegal” that people don’t understand? If Congress wants to change the existing immigration law they can do that. But as it stands the dreamers are here illegally. Just wondering what the real costs to the taxpayers has been over the last 10 years as it relates to the dreamers?

  12. Barbara says:

    Here it goes… more haters.
    Just abolish welfare. We wouldn’t have this problem.

    • Sam says:

      Statistics have shown the half of the current
      20 trillion dollar deficit, doubled in the past 8 yrs by the former president, has been created by funding social services programs. And, 80 percent of all immigrants, legal or illegal, are receiving money from those programs.
      Add to that
      Just released statistics of 300 trillion
      in unfunded liabilities ( pensions etal)
      and we are in a huge sink hole!!!

      • Cheryl H says:

        You can’t just throw numbers out there without providing the context that goes along with them. If you look closely at Treasury Department reports and updates, which are provided daily, you’ll see the increase was in motion long before Obama took office. And to those who bitch about jobs going overseas, look no further than the current sometime occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – he has used many overseas workers for his various companies. Finally, let’s not overlook the fact that Clown Trump has used plenty of undocumented workers on his construction projects, hence, his ability to come in under budget so frequently. This fake president can’t have it both ways.

      • Sam says:

        The jobs that were paying taxes were shipped out of the country.
        And these idiots waste their time on hate.
        And china is funding n Korea weapons
        WITH OUR MONEY.
        The only dreamers in this country are the idiots that don’t think we are on a sinking ship. That they created. How dare they. F ng ship of f ng fools!!!!!

  13. Cjm says:

    When you elect a man so totally devoid of any decency and who is totally ignorant of the country as a whole and only throws red meat to his rabid 34% base and not try to bring the country together, this is what you get. You get Trump and a craven congress. What has happened to America?

    • krumhorn says:

      Decency has nothing to do with it. Foreign aid from the US far exceeds the aid delivered by others counties in the aggregate. It is the sovereignty of our borders that is at stake. Either we have the power and authority to control immigration…or we don’t. Constant whining about the rights of illegal aliens to be insulated from the exercise of that power and authority only serves the leftie political agendas camouflaged as “decency”.

      Fortunately, Trump understands this, and he gets up in your grill about it.

      – Krumhorn

  14. Maxwellz Silverstein Hammersky says:

    Those Hispanics who Failed to vote, as well as the 29% who voted for Trump, well what more can one say about them.

  15. Ted Faraone says:

    I wonder how much 800,000 people will contribute in Social Security tax if they enjoyed the full-term protection of DACA as outlined by Obama. It seems that Social Security needs more working age people paying Social Security tax rather than fewer. The Trump-Sessions plan seems to be cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face. Of course Social Security means little or nothing to both of them. Sessions has a Senate pension. Trump is rich. It is the rest of us who are counting on Social Security as part of our support when we are too old to work.

  16. This has no more to do with immigration and the value of American citizenship than it does with disrupting to the maximum extent legally possible the community that’s most likely to vote against the current regime, namely the Hispanic voters. It’s the demographics in Texas, Arizona and other red states that could trend purple. The Trumper Republican’ts are most interested in retaining power, so this ploy to uproot and split hundreds of thousands of families helps them keep the Anglos in the majority fold.

    If you’re not a citizen, you can’t register to vote, can you? It’s cynical, heartless, ruthless, racist. A nation that does this to its people, in addition to the daily economic injustice of slave wages, the ongoing attempts to rescind or take away health care insurance and social security, the militarization of local and city police (what do you think they’re preparing for, the county f’ing fair?), the nullification of regulations that protect air, land and water from pollution — and so on — is the snapshot x-ray diary of a nation that is increasingly dysfunctional and may not last that much longer as a bastion of truth and justice. You know, that Superman thing. The American Way? WTF is that anymore, exactly? Fuggedaboutit.

    • krumhorn says:

      It has everything to do with maintaining the integrity of the immigration system and the sovereignty of our borders. Your argument applies far more effectively in reverse. While you lefties have no cogent argument for supporting the unregulated inflow of aliens as a matter of public policy, you have everything to gain by enrolling them as registered voters (whether fraudulently or not) so as to join the unhappy parade of takers, dependencies, victims, perverts, and other social misfits that make up reliable voters for lefties.

      You need sanctuary cities that will shield criminals, gang-bangers, and welfare queens so that you can hold your voting blocks together.

      At least Trump understands that there are worthy folks around the world standing patiently in line for years to get the LEGAL opportunity to enter the US and become valuable citizens as opposed to the human debris that sneaks in illegally sucking up social services.

      – Krumhorn

      • PMS says:

        au contraire… all my Christian friends are very caring folk have great empathy as opposed to the ones that say they speak for their god then refuse to open the doors to their church to the victims of calamity…
        empathy, charity and kindness are the Christians I know!

      • krumhorn says:

        I imagine that you regard that referring to someone as a Christian is an insult. So that there is no confusion about the point, I regard using the appellation “leftie” as an insult, and I use it at every opportunity.

        – Krumhorn

      • PMS says:

        how christian of you!

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