You turn to us for voices you won't hear anywhere else.

Sign up for Democracy Now!'s Daily Digest to get our latest headlines and stories delivered to your inbox every day.

Immigration Activists Warn Trump Admin May Soon Cancel DACA Program

HeadlineAug 25, 2017

Meanwhile, immigrant rights advocates say President Trump could soon cancel DACA—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals—a policy granting legal protection to nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants to live and work in the United States. The acting heads of the Department of Homeland Security and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) met this week to discuss DACA’s future, as Republican governors from 10 states threatened to sue the Trump administration if it doesn’t cancel DACA by September 5. It’s not clear whether Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions would mount a defense of DACA in court, and the federal judge who would preside over a court challenge, Andrew Hanen, previously ruled against President Obama’s immigration policies. Meanwhile, McClatchy reported this week that top Trump advisers, including General John Kelly—Trump’s chief of staff—along with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, are pushing a deal that would preserve DACA in exchange for legislation that pays for a border wall and more detention facilities, curbs legal immigration and implements the E-Verify program to check immigration statuses. In response, Lorella Praeli of the American Civil Liberties Union said, “We have 800,000 examples of why DACA strengthens America and why this program should stay in place. DACA is successful, popular, and constitutional, and should stay on the books until Congress passes a clean legislative solution to address Dreamers’ status.”

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation