BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS
The Trump administration on Tuesday announced it will rescind a program that has allowed roughly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the announcement about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at the Justice Department.
Former President Obama in 2012 enacted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Human Rights Campaign and Equality California are among the LGBT advocacy groups that have urged Trump to allow DACA to remain in place.
Politico on Sunday reported the White House will delay the implementation of Trump’s decision by six months in order to allow Congress to act.
Immigrant rights groups and LGBT activists are among those who have urged Trump not to end DACA. Politico noted House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Sept. 2 said the president should allow the Obama-era program to remain in place.
Dozens of immigrant rights advocates on Sunday gathered in front of the White House and urged the president to allow DACA to remain in place. Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez and former NAACP President Ben Jealous, who is running for governor of Maryland in 2018, are among the more than two dozen people who were arrested outside the White House on Aug. 15 during a pro-DACA protest.
Ending DACA Puts LGBT Lives at Risk
National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell issued the following statement in response to Tuesday’s Trump administration announcement that it will be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
“Today, the Trump administration needlessly took aim at the estimated 800,000 young people, including over 75,000 LGBT people, who came to the United States as children, work, pay taxes, and are protected from deportation under DACA. In doing so, the Trump administration rescinded not only this program but our country’s promise to protect these young people–many of whom have never known a life outside of the U.S.
For the 11 percent of DACA recipients who identify as LGBT, today’s announcement is even more chilling. In an announcement that lasted only minutes, this administration just turned the lives of tens of thousands of our community members upside down, putting their dreams, their futures, and potentially their safety at risk.
We join with the millions of others who pledge to do all in our power to resist this brutally vicious and depraved directive and to stand with these young people.”