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Trump Plans to Scrap DACA With 6-Month Delay

September 4, 2017 - 12:45am
Donald Trump
Donald Trump

President Donald Trump is expected to announce the end of a program which protects undocumented immigrants from deportation, but is expected to give them a six-month delay in order to give Congress ample time to create legislation to keep the immigrants in the country.

The New York Times reported Sunday on Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which would satisfy one of his biggest campaign promises, but would leave the futures of nearly 800,000 immigrants participating in the program hanging by a thread. 

According to the Times, it is currently unknown whether Trump’s plan would allow undocumented immigrants to renew their protected status during the six month period.

It’s also uncertain whether Congress will actually be able to reach a compromise on the program because lawmakers have had trouble agreeing on a measure throughout the years.

Congress already has a busy schedule ahead, with passing tax reform, avoiding a government shutdown and distributing federal funds for Hurricane Harvey all already on the table to be worked on before immigration even comes up for discussion.

President Barack Obama created DACA in 2012 under an executive order which stopped the deportation of undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children. The program also offers work permits to hundreds of thousands of immigrants, allowing them to have jobs in the U.S.

Republicans harshly criticized Obama for the executive order, questioning whether he had the constitutional authority to create DACA. President Trump was a vocal opponent of the order on the campaign trail, repeatedly vowing to repeal the program to protect American workers.

Earlier this year, Trump promised to treat the undocumented immigrants, called "Dreamers," with "great heart."

“We love the Dreamers,” Trump told reporters Friday. “We love everybody.”

One Florida lawmaker, U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., has already begun hammering away at a compromise on DACA, in hopes of keeping undocumented immigrants in the country under some form of legislative compromise. 

Working in conjunction with North Carolina's U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, Curbelo's plan would provide amnesty for around 800,000 undocumented immigrants who received work permits under DACA and could provide green cards for up to 2.5 million young immigrants if they go to college, join the military or keep a job.

Florida lawmakers have come out in support of the program in some form, urging Trump not to pull the plug on DACA though most say working with Congress is key to creating a path for undocumented immigrants moving forward.
 
“My hope is that as part of this process we can work on a way to deal with this issue and solve it through legislation, which is the right way to do it and the constitutional way to do it,” U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio told CNN in June.
 
Gov. Rick Scott said Friday he was “encouraged” by legislation from U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla, and U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-NC, which would provide an eventual path to citizenship for the undocumented immigrants.
 
Curbelo and Tillis’ plan would provide amnesty for around 800,000 undocumented immigrants who received work permits under DACA and could provide green cards for up to 2.5 million young immigrants if they go to college, join the military or keep a job.
 
Some Florida lawmakers, like U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, said they’d support working on legislation to address DACA. 
 
“I remain ready to work with Speaker Ryan and others to find a commonsense legislative fix,” Diaz-Balart wrote on Twitter Friday. 

Other Florida politicians were particularly vocal in expressing they were troubled by Trump’s approach in ending DACA. 
 
“After teasing #Dreamers for months with talk of his 'great heart,' @POTUS slams door on them. Some 'heart'...” tweeted U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. 

Candidates for Florida governor also chimed in on the news late Sunday evening. 

“Donald Trump and Florida’s Republican politicians are playing politics with young people’s lives," said former U.S. Rep. and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen graham. "They are attacking 50,000 of our friends and neighbors who came here through no fault of their own and have now done the right thing by attaining legal status to live and work in our state. DREAMers might not have full citizenship, yet, but they are still Floridians — and, as governor, I will defend them.” 

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Orlando businessman Chris King, who are also running for governor as Democrats, agreed.

"The White House's decision to end DACA is as wrong headed as it is heartless," When we deport children who have never known another country, we have truly lost our moral standing on the world stage."

"Ripping families apart, and punishing innocent children for the actions of their parents, is not in line with Florida values," said King. "Nor is kicking out thousands of taxpayers who are buying goods and services, the right thing to do for the Florida economy."

Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, had not issued a formal statement on Trump's DACA decision, but said he "agreed" with Gov. Scott on the issue on Friday.

Commissioner of Agriculture and GOP gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam said he didn't believe ending DACA outright was the appropriate measure to take.

"Our national immigration system is broken, and the federal government must fix it," he said. "We must secure our borders, end illegal immigration and rid our nation of sanctuary cities. But the children of illegal immigrants should not be punished for their parents’ wrongdoings. I am glad to see the President will allow Congress to develop a solution to replace Obama’s unconstitutional program.”

 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

 

 

Reach reporter Allison Nielsen by email at allison@sunshinestatenews.com or follow her on Twitter: @AllisonNielsen.
 

Comments

Gwen Graham, you're such a freaking fake or you're that stupid. Encouraging DACA-type program only encourages extreme illegal entry. This just displaced all those entering with their families the LEGAL way. "Undocumented immigrants" my azz!! They are ILLEGAL ALIENS unlawfully entering a country, like all other countries, which has BORDER CONTROL. Using children as a nexus for fake sympathy is totally pathetic and disgusting, and JUST so peopel like Graham can garner a voter base for 2020. What a sick thing to do. Democrats are so stinking disingenuous at all times. Makes me want to puke. Liars and hypocrites.

Here in Texas illegal alien driving without driver license, no car insurance and no one do anything. Trump immigration policy are not been enforce it. Trump need to do what is promise to us, terminated Daca and DHS need to do their job in deported illegal alien.

Trump is planning to sign amnesty in 6 months, why???. He promise was to terminated Daca with no string attached

Trump should end DACA before this coming weekend

DACA was illegally instituted by obama. He wrote an executive order that defied Federal law. I remember how both parties promised after the Reagan era amnesty and immigration reform that we would not do another amensty. The southern border was supposed to be secured long ago but that didn't happen. Secure the border first then let's discuss what we might do for these supposed dreamers. One thing though their parents have to be deported. They violated our laws and should suffer the consequences. No jail just deportation.

That's the ploy by the Democrats. For every single child there will be two parents staying in the US. So look how many votes the Democrats want to bait.

...Talk about an "oxymoron": 'End DACA, but give Congress ample time to legislate keeping the ILLEGALS here in America'.... "800,000?" a FALSE deflated number...JUST LIKE the 12,000,000 FALSE number of Illegal Alien Invaders (hiding in our country and collecting "entitlements") that DEMOCRATS have been "trumpeting" since, at least 09/11/2001; THAT 12 million number is more than quadrupled since then to somewhere in the "neighborhood of well over 50 million PLUS: but since the Census Count doesn't include these "shadow people", they don't care to become citizens (unless it's "handed to them" via "amnesty"), they subvert "licensing" of any kind, and use lies and deception to obtain "public services" (medical, educational, subsistence, transportation, and any other service they can get at the TAXPAYERS' expense). Their "FULL DRAIN" upon American society will NEVER be fully known for AT LEAST AS LONG as Barak Obama's entire sequestered "history" remains hidden (or until Democrat "bureaucrats" are largely "flushed out" of the Federal Government / OR Democrats (and their enablers, in their ignorance), manage to actually foment "revolution"...

Throwing them, many of the other illegals out will cut the economy back into recession as demand drops................ Repubs let most of these people in to drive down wages.............But now all the older ones are a part of our economy that losing them and especially our investment in dreamers, will cut GDP, demand seriously that along with other stupid Trump, Repub economic tricks will put us back into a recession that always happens when repubs are in charge as thy transfer the wealth from the middle, lower classes to the 1%.................. And let's remember most of them are North American Indians ho have even more right to be here than we do.................. If anyone needs to be deported is Trump before he destroys our economy and gets us into more wars.

You're so silly Jerry Lewis. Anclown indeed. You sound like a parrot of Hillary's.

"jerry", your 'thinking' is SO convoluted as to be beyond absurd; and clearly indicative of your twisted concept of economics. ("toke & smoke" you poor, poor dear!)

I literally got nauseous reading Jerry's vomit.

Our own little racist speaks but no one cares. And please leave the democratic party if like you said you are one, as we don't want people like you...................................... You fit repubs far better which is devolving into a party of racists, fools, easily fooled under Trump so you would fit right in.............................. You believe in Trump and republican economics which Trump's whole life shows he is a conman, constant liar and doesn't have a clue.................And republicans from 2000-2008 proved theirs was morally and fiscally bankrupt.....................And now they are screwing you again and you bend over and say, give me another one Please Sir!!.

Ditto, Jerry. Well said.

You gave a DITTO to that ridiculous diatribe? Two losers. Sad.

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