President Donald Trump is expected to end the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals, otherwise known as DACA. DACA is an Obama administration policy that permits children, known as “dreamers,” to be brought into the U.S. illegally to live and work without being punished.
Why is Trump ending the program? He’s being pushed by a group of attorney generals from 10 different states who believe Obama broke the law when he carried out the order in 2012. If Trump doesn’t end the program, they will team up to file a lawsuit against him.
Businesses such as Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, and others pleaded with Trump to reconsider his plans to end the program. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg poured out his support for the Dreamers in a Facebook post.
On Friday, September 1st, House Speaker Paul Ryan urged Trump not to end the program and believes this is something Congress should fix. He stated, “These are kids who know no other country, who were brought here by their parents and don’t know any other home. And so I really do believe there needs to be a legislative solution. That’s one thing we’re working on. And I think we want to give people peace of mind.”
The administration stated Trump would allow Dreamers to stay in the country until their work permits expired.