DACA No More: Trump Has Decided to End the Immigration Program

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A map of Mexico as it was in 1794 is displayed as young immigrants and their supporters rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Los Angeles, California on September 1, 2017.
A decision is expected in coming days on whether US President Trump will end the program by his predecessor, former President Obama, on DACA which has protected some 800,000 undocumented immigrants, also known as Dreamers, since 2012. / (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump has decided to end DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program that allows undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children to secure work permits.

A source told Politico‘s Eliana Johnson “the president is expected to announce his decision on Tuesday, and the White House has informed House Speaker Paul Ryan of the president’s decision on Sunday morning.”

Trump has wanted to do away with Obama-backed DACA throughout his campaign and after election, but found resistance from members of Congress on both the Republican and Democratic side. As such, his executive action on DACA will be delayed for six months to let Congress weigh in, a White House official told Politico.

House Speaker Paul Ryan earlier this week told radio station WCLO in Janesville, Wisconsin, that Trump shouldn’t end DACA, CNN reported. “I believe that this is something that Congress has to fix,” Ryan said during the interview.

Activists organized a march in support of DACA in Chicago on Sunday, Chicago Tribute reported. The crowd of around 200 people included members of Familia Latina Unida, Black Lives Matter Chicago and Refuse Fascism.

The news of Trump’s decision was quickly met with Twitter posts from Chelsea Clinton and commentator Maria Hinojosa, among others.

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