Early morning President Trump twitted:
“Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!”
DACA – a program that gave almost 800,000 young undocumented immigrants protections from deportation- if terminated could lead to nearly 300,000 people losing their status in 2018, and more than 320,000 would lose their status from January to August 2019.
Even if Obama tried to maintain his distance from the current administration, he could not stay silent this time: “Let’s be clear: The action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question. Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us.”
During Tuesday’s announcement, Trump’s administration said it would continue to renew permits for individuals over the next six months, giving Congress enough time to pass legislation that could extend protections for DACA recipients past the deadline.