U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced that the Trump administration planned to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The Obama-era immigration program shielded from deportation so-called “Dreamers” — immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children.
“The program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded,” Sessions announced.
Sessions complained Obama had used an executive order to circumvent Congress and claimed the program robbed Americans of jobs.
“We cannot admit everyone who would like to come here,” he said. “It’s not that simple.”
Sessions said the program was legally vulnerable, and would be blocked in court if states decided to sue the federal government.
“The Department of Justice cannot defend this overreach,” he said.
Watch video of the announcement, courtesy of the New York Times, below: