Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday he will move forward with the Trump administration’s goal to completely repeal and rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Sessions comments came after a judge’s ruling last week that the controversial but very popular DACA program must be put back in place and made operational.
On Friday a federal judge ruled that the Trump administration must fully restore the program that provides protection from deportation some young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children.
The Trump administration moved to unilaterally end DACA last year and since then has called upon Congress to pass legislation extending it. The decision made then has subsequently faced a number of strong legal challenges. In fact three separate judges have ordered the administration to restore the program.
Trump has repeatedly blamed Democrats for not extending DACA, but almost nobody believes this is true since he is the one who ended it last fall, and since Republicans control Congress.
Despite this, three separate bipartisan measures and a White House-backed bill that addressed DACA extension all failed to pass the GOP-held Senate in February and so the program remains in limbo.