President Trump is likely to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after Attorney General Jeff Sessions and senior officials discussed the Obama-era program at the White House on Thursday, NBC News reported Friday.
This comes a day after an Axios report that said Trump was “seriously considering” canceling the program.
The Hill added:
A group of 10 state attorneys general led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) has threatened to challenge DACA in court unless Trump rescinds it by Sept. 5.
Under DACA, immigrants brought into the country illegally as children received a work permit and deferral from deportation.
The Trump administration has not yet said what it plans to do, and the Department of Justice has declined to say whether it will contest Paxton’s lawsuit.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday that the program “continues to be under review.”
However, activists reacted forcefully to the reports this week.
“Killing DACA is a white supremacist priority,” said Greisa Martínez, advocacy director for United We Dream, an immigrant youth advocacy organization.
“After Charlottesville, the fate of DACA will be the first major policy test of the Trump administration,” she said.
Trump has said he would treat DACA recipients “with heart,” however several administration officials have questioned the legality of the program.