U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced the end of the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) Program – with a delay.
The program gave 800,000 illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children the ability to avoid deportation, and work in the country on a legal basis.
In many cases, those who were covered by DACA have only known life in the United States. Some are even serving in the U.S. military.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama brought in DACA through an Executive Order in 2012 after Congress rejected a similar legislative plan. Some had questioned the constitutionality of Obama’s order, and it was facing legal action from some conservative states.
The DACA program is not being rescinded immediately. There will be a sixth month delay before DACA protection ends. All eyes will now be on the U.S. Congress, who are responsible for passing legislation to give legal status to those covered by DACA, or choosing to take no action.
Video of DACA announcement
Coming to Canada?
With the Trudeau government refusing to respect Canada’s border, there is a possibility that some who were covered by DACA may seek to enter Canada illegally, adding to a rising influx of illegal border crossings.
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