Today President Trump put an end to Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, which protected young illegal immigrants from deportation.
Trump said in a statement:
“I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the government will no longer accept new applications from illegal aliens to protect them under the program.
Administration officials said there are about 800,000 people who benefit from DACA. Those are the people Obama labeled "Dreamers."
President Trump went on to say in his statement:
“Only by the reliable enforcement of immigration law can we produce safe communities, a robust middle class, and economic fairness for all Americans. Before we ask what is fair to illegal immigrants, we must also ask what is fair to American families, students, taxpayers, and jobseekers.”
He added that it's now up to Congress to figure out what's next:
“Congress now has the opportunity to advance responsible immigration reform that puts American jobs and American security first."