Washington : The dream could soon be over for lakhs of immigrants, brought illegally to the United States as children, who have been granted permission to stay and work in the US under the Deferred Action for Children Arrival (DACA), which was introduced by former President Barack Obama in June 2012.
In a surprising turn, US President Donald Trump, who had continuously attacked the programme during his campaign, seems sympathetic towards these young undocumented immigrants, also known as ‘Dreamers’. However, Trump has reportedly been advised to wind down the programme that grants work permits to these immigrants. Over 7.5 lakh undocumented immigrants will be affected by this move.
India ranks 11th among countries of origin for DACA students, according to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services statistics available till March 31, 2017. The decision is likely to impact more than 7,000 Indian-Americans, says news agency Press trust of India citing a media report.
The programme was a key immigration reform of President Obama. Permits under DACA are granted for two years after which candidates can apply for renewal.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Friday that Trump would take a decision on the issue on Tuesday.
In an exclusive story, Politico, an American political journalism organisation, reported on Sunday that Trump has already decided to withdraw the programme and the administration is now discussing the rollout of his decision which could come later this week.
However, senior administration officials have cautioned that there might be changes in Trump’s decision until it is formally announced, the report said.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions argument that Congress was responsible for writing the immigration law helped persuade the President to terminate the programme, sources told Politico news.
The White House has planned to delay the enforcement of the President’s decision for six months, giving Congress a window to act, sources said.