TRUMP EXPECTED TO SUNSET DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Donald Trump is expected to scrap the “Dreamers” programme introduced by Barack Obama, which protects undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme, known as DACA, prevents nearly 800,000 men and women from being deported and gives them permits to work in America legally.
Those who qualify for the programme, by being able to prove they had arrived in the country before the age of 16, had been residents for several years and had never committed a crime, are known as “Dreamers”.
Many of the children in the programme were brought to the US as young children and have little recollection of connection to the countries they arrived from.
Mr Trump called the programme an illegal “amnesty” during his presidential campaign and promised to scrap it on his first day in office.
But after taking office in February, he appears to have wrestled with the issue and recently called the topic “a very, very difficult subject for me”.
The president has also faced fierce opposition to ending the programme from both Democrats and members of his own Republican Party.
Read more at the Independent