Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the policy change on Tuesday.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday that the Trump administration would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era order that allowed illegal immigrant children to gain temporary legal status.
“The executive branch, through DACA, deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions,” Sessions said.
The attorney general called the order “an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch” and blamed the program for the 2014 “surge” of illegal immigrant minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“[DACA] also denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs,” he added.
“We cannot admit everyone who would like to come here,” Sessions said, pointing out that American voters had rejected open borders policies.
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