DACA: US scraps young undocumented immigrants scheme

An Obama-era scheme to protect young undocumented immigrants is to be scrapped, the US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has announced.
According to Fox News, the Department of Homeland Security formally rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, with a six-month delay for current recipients. According to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, the interval is meant to give Congress “time to deliver on appropriate legislative solutions.”
It guards some 800,000 so-called "Dreamers", mostly from Latin American countries, against deportation, providing work and study permits, BBC reports.
But critics say it amounts to an amnesty for illegal immigrants.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme was introduced five years ago.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaking to reporters, blasted the Obama administration's "disrespect for the legislative process" in enacting the 2012 policy. He said the “unilateral executive amnesty” probably would have been blocked by the courts anyway.
“The executive branch, through DACA, deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions,” Sessions said, blaming the policy for the recent “surge” at the border. “Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch.”

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