1 big thing: the end of DACA
The Trump administration announced today that it will phase out DACA, the legal protections and work permits for some undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. AG Jeff Sessions confirmed the news in an 11 a.m. statement, taking no questions from media.
- Current DACA recipients won't be affected for six months.
- The delay is supposed to give Congress time to pass a legislative solution for Dreamers.
- Recipients whose permits expire before March 5 of next year have until October 5 of this year to renew.
From Trump's statement: "I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws."
Trump to reporters, via the White House pool: "I have a great heart for these folks we're talking about. A great love for them and people think in terms of children but they're really young adults. I have a love for these people and hopefully now Congress will be able to help them and do it properly."
How it's playing:
- Former president Barack Obama called the move "self-defeating" and "cruel" in a Facebook post. (Full statement here.)
- Apple CEO Tim Cook was "deeply dismayed" ... Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg called it "particularly cruel" ... Google CEO Sundar Pichai said Congress needs to "act now" (More statements)
- Breitbart homepage headlines: "TRUMP/Sessions Repeals DACA ... But Will Congress/Javanka Replace? …Obama's Dreamer Program Expires in Six Months (Allegedly)…"
- Sens. Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin held a news conference urging the passage of the DREAM Act.
- But Sen. John Cornyn said a comprehensive bill is "guaranteed failure" and a standalone bill won't happen this month, per Politico's Burgess Everett.
Go deeper: Meet the "Dreamers"
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