The White House is calling on Congress to revisit the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to remain in the country legally.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday called for Congress to “review and amend the DACA program to address the unique challenges faced by young people from Central America and Mexico.”DACA, which began in 2012, allows immigrants brought here as children who arrived in the U.”s shores as children or who were brought to this country as minors, to remain lawfully in the United States, while they wait for a decision on their case, the White House said in a statement.
The administration said the DACA and DACA2 programs “are at the heart of our efforts to combat immigration fraud and abuse, improve border security, protect Americans, and help our communities.””
The DACA and the DACA2 systems are a vital part of the President’s immigration reform efforts,” the White, House said.
Trump has vowed to end DACA and replace it with a “new system that focuses on merit rather than the merit of immigration status.”
The White House released a draft executive order on Wednesday that would direct Attorney General Jeff Sessions to study the programs and report back to Trump within 30 days.
The draft order says the executive order would also require the Department of Homeland Security to establish a task force to review and improve the DACA application process.”
We will be guided by the facts and the evidence, including the fact that the DACA programs are an essential part of a national security system, which is critical to protecting the homeland,” Sessions said.
The executive order was first reported by The Associated Press.