Trump tells Congress to ‘get ready to do your job on DACA’
By LOUIS NELSON
President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Congress to “get ready to do your job” as his administration reportedly prepares to shutter a program that protects undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to announce Tuesday that the Trump administration will end the DACA program, which was created by the Obama administration to grant work permits to so-called “dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. The program’s expected shuttering will be delayed six months and Tuesday morning, Trump signaled that he expects Congress to find a solution.
“Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!” the president wrote on Twitter. Later Tuesday morning, the president shared a post from an account that uses the handle @The_Trump_Train that had replied to his initial post: “Make no mistake, we are going to put the interest of AMERICAN CITIZENS FIRST! The forgotten men & women will no longer be forgotten.”
Trump built much of his presidential campaign, especially during the primary, on a promise to deport every single undocumented immigrant out of the U.S., part of his larger get-tough approach to border security. But after winning the presidency, Trump seemed to soften somewhat, refusing to clarify his plans for DACA except to pledge to deal with dreamers “with heart.”
Sessions, who railed against DACA during his tenure in the Senate, has argued that the program was untenable because Congress, not the president, is responsible for writing immigration laws. But the program has proven to be somewhat more popular with some in the Republican Party, and a legislative battle over a DACA replacement could further divide a GOP already struggling to unite behind Trump’s controversial presidency.