In a decision likely to ignite a political firestorm, President Donald Trump has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, Politico reported on Sunday.
Citing two White House officials, Politico reports that Trump and top White House aides huddled Sunday afternoon to discuss the rollout the end of DACA, one of the Trump’s core campaign promises.
During the conversation, Attorney General Jeff Sessions argued that Congress — rather than the executive branch — is responsible for writing immigration law, and persuaded Trump to terminate the program.
The president decided to end the program with a 6-month delay.
The program, implemented by former President Barack Obama, temporarily blocked the deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as minors and sought work permits.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called on the president not to end the program, with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) saying he believes it’s something “Congress has to fix.”
The six-month window would give Congress a window in which it could step in before the protections expire, one White House official told Politico.
The news organization reported that Trump made the decision to scrap the protections after discussing them with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who told Trump that Congress should be responsible for immigration law, not the executive branch.
Nearly 800,000 people brought to the country illegally as children have benefitted from the program.
Trump is expected to make a formal announcement about the future of the program on Tuesday.