President Donald Trump had his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announce that DACA was “being rescinded,” signalling that young immigrants brought into the U.S. without documents as minors would no longer be able to get work permits and defer deportation.
Jeff Sessions announces the end of DACA pic.twitter.com/6smvfMkf3I
— Axios (@axios) September 5, 2017
And Sessions — one of the staunchest anti-immigrant voices in the Trump administration — appeared to enjoy every moment of it, as Twitter users noted:
fucking giddy about destroying people’s lives pic.twitter.com/yTuWGuMTy6
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) September 5, 2017
Trump didn't force Sessions to make announcement. Look how happy Sessions is to deliver it. Sessions pushed to end DACA.
— LLMich7 (@llmich) September 5, 2017
I haven't seen Sessions this happy since Plessy vs Ferguson..
— barry buss (@barrybusstennis) September 5, 2017
A cowardly racist (@realDonaldTrump) just made a proud racist (Jeff Sessions) do his dirty work. He was more than happy to oblige.
— Justin Shady (@justinshady) September 5, 2017
Sessions tried to justify the move as a matter of law and order, and as a humanitarian issue.
“Enforcing the law saves lives, protects communities and taxpayers, and prevents human suffering. Failure to enforce the laws in the past has put our nation at risk of crime, violence and even terrorism,” Sessions said. “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 made the expected announcement during a media briefing on Tuesday, though it was not clear why the Justice Department head was declaring an end to a Department of Homeland Security policy. Sessions did not take any questions and left the podium after making his remarks.
The Trump administration was being threatened with a lawsuit by 10 attorneys general if it did not end DACA, and Sessions said he did not believe the policy could be defended in court. Calling it illegal, Sessions went on to say that DACA was an “unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch” during the Obama administration.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces end of DACA program for child immigrants https://t.co/ci2UVnWikI
— Bloomberg (@business) September 5, 2017
Around 800,000 young immigrants have benefited from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, since its inception.
Trump signaled in an early morning Tweet that the move was coming and that it would be up to Congress to determine what would become of those 800,000 people who have already been utilizing DACA between now and March 5, 2018, when the first 300,000 or so would begin to lose their protected status.
Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2017
The transcript of Sessions’ speech is included below:
JUST IN: Here is Jeff Sessions’ full speech as prepared about rescinding DACA: pic.twitter.com/7K3HH6YUea
— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) September 5, 2017