Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces End of DACA

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks today on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals also known as DACA. Dreamers are people who were illegally brought to the United States as children who under the program were granted visas. President Trump and Jeff Sessions plan to end this program during this announcement.

The Obama-era program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an American immigration policy founded by the Obama administration in June 2012. DACA allows certain illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.

The policy was created after acknowledgment that these students had been largely raised in the United States, and was seen as a way to remove immigration enforcement attention from "low priority" individuals with good behavior. The illegal immigrant student population was rapidly increasing; approximately 65,000 illegal immigrant students graduate from U.S. high schools on a yearly basis.