The onus is now on Congress to determine the fate of Obama’s DACA recipients, the undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.
But on the same day Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was being phased out, President Donald Trump said something in a tweet that may indicate Congress won’t necessarily be where the DACA story ends.
The end of that tweet, “If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!” What does that mean? It’s unclear. But it seems to open up the possibility that the president will act on behalf of DACA recipients if Congress doesn’t legalize DACA, or something similar.
Trump has expressed some sympathy for the DACA recipients’ situations. And, as Sessions’ speech earlier Tuesday made clear, the decision to end DACA is primarily about reaffirming the scope of the executive and legislative branch roles.
“Well, I have a great heart for the folks we’re talking about — a great love for them,” the president told reporters Tuesday. “And people think in terms of children, but they’re really young adults. I have a love for these people, and hopefully now Congress will be able to help them and do it properly.”