Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration is moving to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, more commonly known as DACA. The federal policy shields immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally with their parents as minors. Sessions cautioned the move to end DACA might not go into effect for several months, to give Congress enough time to come up with a legislative solution.
Republicans have criticized DACA as an overreach of executive power by President Obama. Sessions cited testimony from George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, who said, "in ordering this blanket exception, President Obama was nullifying part of a law that he simply disagreed with. If a president can claim sweeping discretion to suspend the federal laws, the entire legislative process becomes little more than a pretense."
Sessions also made claims about DACA recipients taking jobs away from American citizens and gaining access to federal programs that taxpayers support fiscally. Sessions did not take questions from reporters.
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