WASHINGTON — Trump said Friday he will renew his effort to end the DACA program, which gives legal protection for hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the administration’s previous effort to end DACA in a ruling yesterday.
The Associated Press reported that through executive action, Trump could still take away the ability for DACA recipients to live and work legally in the United States.
From the Associated Press:
In a tweet Friday morning, Trump said, “The Supreme Court asked us to resubmit on DACA, nothing was lost or won. They “punted”, much like in a football game (where hopefully they would stand for our great American Flag). We will be submitting enhanced papers shortly.”
Ken Cuccinelli, acting head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said Friday that the administration was starting over. “We’re going to move as quickly as we can to put options in front of the president,” but those are executive branch options, he told “Fox & Friends.”
“That still leaves open the appropriate solution which the Supreme Court mentioned and that is that Congress step up to the plate,” he said.
DACA was created by an executive order when President Obama and Congress could not come to an agreement on immigration reform in 2012. The program protects those who were brought to the country illegally as children and grew up here from deportation and allows them to work legally. The AP reported that DACA recipients will keep those protections, but there are tens of thousands of others who could have enrolled if Trump didn’t halt the program three years ago.