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Sessions: Trump Ending DACA Out of ‘Compassion’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Trump administration is ending the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy. Sessions noted that there will be a “wind-down period” to give Congress time to pass legislation to replace the program. Sessions said President Obama imposed on congressional powers when he created the program through executive order in 2012. “The compassionate thing is to end the lawlessness, enforce our laws, and, if Congress chooses to make changes to those laws, to do so through the process set forth by our Founders in a way that advances the interest of the nation,” Sessions said. Ahead of the alleged announcement, Trump tweeted that it was up to Congress to address the program, which protects nearly 800,000 undocumented youth from deportation. Sessions additionally referred to those protected by the DACA policy as “this group of illegal aliens.”