Attorney General Rescinds DACA Program

In a press conference earlier today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As of today, no new applications will be processed, and renewals under this program won’t be available six months from now (to give Congress time to act). Implemented in 2012, the program allowed people who came to the U.S. as children to “request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal.” The program also allowed DACA applicants work authorization eligibility. Attorney General Sessions declared the program as unconstitutional because the executive branch implemented the policy unilaterally amid legal concerns and after Congress rejected proposals to pass similar benefits into law. Eight hundred thousand undocumented immigrants previously protected under DACA could be affected.

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