Trump has finally made a decision about the future of DACA

Trump has finally made a decision about the future of DACA
President Donald Trump has reportedly decided to end the controversial Obama-era program known as DACA. He is expected to make the announcement Tuesday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Politico reported late Sunday.

The decision

The decision comes after months of internal dialogue and recent public debate about the controversial Obama-era program. DACA grants two-year work permits to undocumented immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children. Nearly 800,000 nationwide are recipients of DACA.

Politico reported Trump plans to put a six-month trigger on the decision, meaning the White House will wait six months before enforcing it. The move allows Congress a window to act decisively on immigration, Politico noted.

No official announcement has yet been made, but Politico said that Trump plans to announce his decision Tuesday. He reportedly informed House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) of the decision Sunday morning.

Is it really a change?

On the surface, Trump’s decision appears that it will play very well with his base, which is overwhelmingly against DACA and advocate for stiffer immigration laws and the border wall that Trump promised.

However, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman suggested Sunday night that Trump’s decision really isn’t a decision at all.

Obama will have his say

According to a report, Obama will speak out against Trump if he ends DACA.

Politico reported Monday that Obama will post a statement on Facebook and link to it from his other social media accounts, which boast nearly 100 million followers.

“The notion that we would just arbitrarily or because of politics punish those kids, when they didn’t do something themselves …would merit my speaking out,” Obama said during his last news conference as president.

So far, Obama has avoided directly criticizing his predecessor in the seven months since he left office.

One important question

If Trump truly wants to end DACA, why not end it like Obama began it? Trump has proved he has no problem signing executive orders, so why wait for Congress on this issue, especially since immigration reform was one of the main pillars of his campaign?

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