As a fitting ending to the Summer Of Trump, after vowing to treat recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program “with great heart,” United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump would end the initiative, which allowed young undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States without fear of deportation.
According to the announcement, Trump will institute a wind-down period for DACA, allowing Congress to potentially use that time towards developing a legislative solution to end the program. Until that time, DACA recipients will be allowed to remain in the United States. Under the plan, which was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Congress has six months to come up with a legislative fix for the program, which will now expire next March.
Who will be affected?
Nearly 800,000 people have been approved under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, since the program was created by executive order by then-President Barack Obama in 2012. DACA gives participants a two-year deferral — which can be renewed — from being considered for deportation, and also grants work authorization. Anyone who was brought to the country illegally as a minor, was under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012 (when DACA took effect), and meets other requirements, is eligible to apply.
As expected several people have felt some kinda way about 45’s latest move and they were not shy about sharing it.
Cuomo and Schneiderman vow New York will sue Trump over move to end DACA
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday reiterated his promise to sue over President Donald Trump’s decision to scrap a program shielding immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children from deportation.
Just minutes after Sessions made the announcement, Cuomo tweeted that New York would stand with DACA recipients. “We will not stand by as the lives of 42,000 New York Dreamers are destroyed,” the governor said.
DACA — passed under the Obama administration in 2012 — applies to those who entered the country illegally before their 16th birthday, who have attended school or joined the military and who have not committed any serious crimes. Participants receive a renewable two-year period of protection from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.
Attorney General Schneiderman said, “President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program would be cruel, gratuitous, and devastating to tens of thousands of New Yorkers—and I will sue to protect them. Dreamers are Americans in every way. They played by the rules. They pay their taxes. And they’ve earned the right to stay in the only home they have ever known. More than 40,000 New Yorkers are protected under DACA. They pay more than $140 million in state and local taxes. They are vital members of our community. The poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty—written by the descendant of early Jewish immigrants—promises this nation will “lift its lamp” for the huddled masses. New York will never break that promise. And neither will my office.”
“Americans know how heartless ending
#DACA is; ripping apart families & telling ppl who have worked hard to become Americans they must leave.” New York’s Senator Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) tweeted at 11:32 AM Tuesday. “These hardworking #DREAMers & their contributions are vital to our economy & biz who will be hurt if this order stands.
“Moving to end DACA will not make our communities safer or our economy stronger,” New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand tweeted Tuesday. “It’s time to give Dreamers the path to citizenship that they rightly deserve and pass the DREAM Act.”
Rep. Adriano Espaillat of New York
“To say I am enraged is an understatement. Trump lied to Dreamers and he lied to the American people when he said Dreamers could ‘rest easy.’ Fearing the threat of deportation and losing your ability to work and study is not ‘resting easy’ and serves as even further proof of how the Trump administration has consistently failed the immigrant community,” Espaillat, the first formerly undocumented immigrant to be elected to Congress, said in a statement.
Espaillat added that “today’s decision significantly damages our national interests at home and abroad.”
Statement from Westchester County Board of Legislators Democratic Caucus
“We are a nation of immigrants. Ending DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a cruel move and a step back from the ideals upon which our country was founded. DACA, a policy put forth by President Obama, provided protections for immigrant youth who met certain criteria and afforded them a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.
“DREAMers were brought here as small children to live out the American Dream – the same as many of us and our parents, grandparents, & great-grandparents. And just like our relatives, DREAMers have made the most of their opportunity by working hard, attending school, and contributing mightily to our economy and social fiber of our diverse nation. Ending this program means uprooting classrooms, small businesses, & communities as a whole. These are effects that will be felt by all – no matter your background.
“This move on the national level only serves to heighten the need for action at home. Including our introduction of an anticipated resolution demanding the federal government reverse this decision on DACA & securing an override of the County Executive’s veto of the Immigrant Protection Act, a bi-partisan act that fully complies with federal law that aims to provide protections to our neighbors that Washington is failing. Targeting immigrants in our community is not the American way.”
Westchester County Legislator Virginia Perez (17th District)
“I am extremely disappointed in our President for taking such an adverse action towards our nation’s most vulnerable – our children,” Westchester County Legislator Virginia Perez tells BW. “As an immigrant, I can think of little else that could instill such horror and fear into the life of an immigrant child that has believed he or she was safe here in America. As a Legislator, I am appalled that our Country’s top elected official, who swore to serve and protect us, would unilaterally undo the protections that were put in place specifically to protect children. I will continue to do whatever I can in my legislative capacity to support and protect our immigrant community and especially our children. I came here as a 10 year old immigrant child. I was not given a choice about coming to America, but I thank God every day that my parents made the decision to bring us here…and it was hard for them and for me. I was told that my green card would not protect me from being deported- the people who told me that also defrauded my parents of their life savings when they promised my parents they would help them gain citizenship. Fear around my immigration status was a constant anxiety which I remember to this day. For President Trump to target children who are just like I was, who are here by no choice of their own who hold dreams to contribute great things to this country will intensify the fear and anxiety that these innocent kids live with.”
16th District County Legislator Candidate Carmen Gomez Goldberg
“We have been educating these students since day one that they have arrived into our country,” Carmen Gomez Goldberg shares with BW. “We have been spending money in educating them, therefore, we cannot turn our backs on them and now break families apart by deporting their children, plus the fact that these students must be in school, Military and keep a clean record plus they are part of the American Economy by taking jobs. 800,000 students facing deportation some have enlisted in the military willing to fight for our country they should be allowed to stay. I want to add that sometimes there are other motives I wonder if Trump sees the future in them knowing that these students will add to the growth of the Democratic Party and that is one of the triggers. DACA should stay! We educate nothing but the best and the brightest then we turn them away and get rid of them, Americans forgot the embarrassment of Sputnik many years ago, Americans do not learn. Keep our DACA students! ”
The following, is a statement released by Neighbors Link executive director, Carola Bracco, in response to the announcement by the Department of Justice and President Trump on the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrives (DACA).
- “Neighbors Link is not completely surprised by the decision of the Department of Justice at the request of President Trump to cease and desist the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival. Data shows that those who are registered know no other country as their home but the United States due to their age when they arrived. Data shows that DACA recipients are either working or in school – either way contributing to their communities and the economy. If these are not the values and activities that we believe in as a country, then what are? We are not surprised, but we are no less heartbroken with this irrational, illogical and indefensible decision by this administration. We are now even more determined to support and defend the rights of the almost 800,000 individuals who proudly call themselves DACAmented Americans.”
Statement by George Gresham, President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, on ending of DACA
“President Donald Trump has made several destructive decisions during his nearly eight months in office. Few, however, are as cruel and damaging as the destruction of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This program has provided renewable, two-year work permits to undocumented immigrants who have lived in this country since they were children and often only know the United States as home. They’re called Dreamers, but President Trump has created a nightmare for these nearly 800,000 people, most of whom have made positive contributions to the U.S.
Destroying DACA serves no measurable purpose, and is opposed by the great majority of American people. The Trump Administration seems determined to tear apart the very fabric our country was built upon, along with every signature program President Obama spearheaded during his eight years in office. The 400,000 healthcare workers with 1199SEIU know full well the harm ending DACA will cause members of our own families. We stand with Governor Cuomo, Attorney General Schneiderman, Mayor de Blasio and all people of conscience in vowing to fight against this politically driven action, which will rob our country of talent, break apart families and result only in hurt.”
Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona
“President Trump’s decision to eliminate DACA is the wrong approach to immigration policy at a time when both sides of the aisle need to come together to reform our broken immigration system and secure the border,” McCain said in a statement. “While I disagreed with President Obama’s unilateral action on this issue, I believe that rescinding DACA at this time is an unacceptable reversal of the promises and opportunities that have been conferred to these individuals.”
Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington
“I’ve long said I didn’t agree with the way the previous administration went about enacting DACA, but we must protect children who are already here in this country and those who are currently protected under DACA. That principle is fundamental for me,” McMorris Rodgers said in a statement.
Former President Bill Clinton
Even Former President Bill Clinton tore into President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, calling the move “wrong” and “cruel.” Clinton slammed the decision as one that will “crush their dreams and weaken the American dream for the rest of us.”
“It’s wrong because it’s bad policy that solves no pressing problem and raises new ones. It’s wrong because it’s irresponsible, passing the buck instead of offering sensible solutions for immigration reform,” Clinton said in his statement.
Former President Barack Obama
Former President Barack Obama said Tuesday that it is “wrong,” “self-defeating” and “cruel” for the Trump administration to end an Obama-era program that allowed younger undocumented immigrants to continue to live in the United States without fear of deportation.
“Let’s be clear: The action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question,” Obama said in a lengthy statement posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon, following an announcement earlier in the day that the Trump administration will unwind the program, pending action from Congress in the next six months. “Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us. … Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages.”
Obama started the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, through executive action in 2012 after legislation aimed at doing the same thing failed in Congress, and he defended his decision to do so in the statement. Under the program, young people who were illegally brought to the United States as children can apply to receive a renewable two-year work permit, allowing them to get a driver’s license and qualify for lower tuition rates at public universities. Since it began, nearly 800,000 young people have qualified for the program. Obama said that many of these young people have not known life in any country but the United States, and they are Americans “in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper.” The program allows these young people to live their lives without fear of deportation, Obama said, and that with the Trump administration’s decision, a “shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again.”
American Civil Liberties Union
“Today is a cruel day for Dreamers, our families and all Americans. President Trump’s decision to end DACA is a manufactured crisis in response to an artificial deadline from anti-immigrant leaders,” Lorella Praeli, the ACLU’s director of immigration policy and campaigns, said in a statement.
“There is no humane way to end DACA before having a permanent legislative fix in place. President Trump just threw the lives and futures of 800,000 Dreamers and their families, including my own, into fearful disarray and injected chaos and uncertainty into thousands of workplaces and communities across America. He is using the lives of 800,000 people as pawns,” she added.
“This action by the president and his administration is cruel, unnecessary and inconsistent with the core values of our country. We support an immigration policy that is comprehensive, protects our security, reunites families and improves our economy while honoring our values as a nation of immigrants. We support a bipartisan effort to protect these young immigrants through legislative action and renew our call on Congress to act now,” Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a statement.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
“The original DACA program announced in 2012 was premised on sound public policy, and unlike DAPA, it was not challenged in court. Individuals enrolled in good faith and became ingrained in our communities and the nation’s economy. To reverse course now and deport these individuals is contrary to fundamental American principles and the best interests of our country,” Neil Bradley, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s senior vice president and chief policy officer, said in a statement.
“With approximately 700,000 DACA recipients working for all sorts of businesses across the country, terminating their employment eligibility runs contrary to the president’s goal of growing the U.S. economy,” he added.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
“The cancellation of the DACA program is reprehensible. It causes unnecessary fear for DACA youth and their families. These youth entered the U.S. as minors and often know America as their only home,” the president, vice president and committee chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a statement. “We strongly urge Congress to act and immediately resume work toward a legislative solution. We pledge our support to work on finding an expeditious means of protection for DACA youth.”