WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP/CBS) — President Donald Trump is expected to announce that he will end protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. But that will come after a six-month delay.
People familiar with the plans say the delay in the formal dismantling of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program would be intended to give Congress time to decide whether it wants to address the status of the affected young immigrants.
But it was not immediately clear how the six-month delay would work in practice and what would happen to people who currently have work permits under the program, or whose permits expire during the six-month stretch.
Asked whether DACA recipients, known colloquially as “dreamers,” had anything to worry about, the president said Friday, “We love the dreamers. We love everybody,” and later added, “I think the dreamers are terrific.”
The president is expected to end the program by not accepting new permits and by allowing existing permits to expire with no opportunity to reapply, according to two Republican sources on Capitol Hill. The message from the White House to Congress is that if lawmakers like DACA, they should write legislation for it, and the White House will consider it, likely favorably.