President Donald Trump has decided to end President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, two sources familiar with his thinking told Politico on Sunday.
Senior White House aides gathered Sunday afternoon to discuss the rollout of the controversial decision likely to ignite a political firestorm.
In a nod to reservations held by many lawmakers, the White House plans to delay the enforcement of the president’s decision for six months, giving Congress a window to act, according to one White House official. But a senior White House aide said that chief of staff John Kelly, who has been running the West Wing policy process on the issue, “thinks Congress should’ve gotten its act together a lot longer ago.”
Trump is expected to announce his decision on Tuesday, and the White House informed House Speaker Paul Ryan of the president’s decision on Sunday morning.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other Republican leaders in Congress on Friday urged Trump not to terminate DACA.
“I actually don’t think he should do that and I believe that this is something Congress has to fix,” Ryan said in a radio interview with WCLO Janesville.
“President Obama did not have the legislative authority to do what he did,” said Ryan. “You can’t, as an executive, write law out of thin air.”
The House speaker said the undocumented immigrants “are people who are in limbo. These are kids who know no other country, who were brought here by their parents and don’t know another home. And so I really do believe there that there needs to be a legislative solution.”
In a statement released Friday, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Congress must provide “a workable, permanent solution for individuals who entered the country unlawfully as children through no fault of their own and who have built their lives here.”
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) September 1, 2017
Several other Republicans in diverse swing districts, including Reps. David Valadao (R-Calif.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), Will Hurd (R-Tex.), Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), have all stated their intent to support seeking protections for DACA recipients.