The U.S. Justice Department announced this week that it would wind down an Obama-era program that allowed undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to remain in the country. Eliminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program could affect over 800,000 young adults, leading to many deportations.
President Obama established DACA by executive order, but the order’s legality has been hotly contested by opponents who argue that only Congress has the authority to create such a program. President Trump has indicated he “loves the dreamers” and wants Congress to pass a DACA law over the next six months.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has expressed his support for DACA and there appears to be a bipartisan consensus to pass legislation. Both Senators Blunt and McCaskill support DACA legislation.