Defying Catholic appeals, Trump moves to end DACA program

(Crux) Five years after the Obama administration enacted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, protecting immigrants who entered the United States as minors from deportation, President Donald Trump has decided he will end it if Congress does not come up with a permanent solution before March 5, 2018.

The decision was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, and now leaves an estimated 800,000 individuals with an uncertain legal fate, prompting widespread fear and uncertainty among the nation’s immigrant communities and their allies.

The DACA program allowed qualifying individuals to apply for a permit to stay in the United States for employment or to continue their education.

In announcing the decision, Sessions said, “I’m here to announce today that the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded.” [More]