The US President Donald Trump is set to scrap the DACA program, which protects illegal immigrants who entered the United States as minors. The White House was coerced to resolve the issue within six months.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was launched by Obama to protect illegal immigrants who entered the US as children. According to the program, 800,000 undocumented immigrants benefited from the scheme.
Post conversation with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump was persuaded to revoke the program.
The White House has delayed the program for six months for the Congress to act.
Senior White House aide, Chief of Staff John Kelly said, “Congress should’ve gotten its act together a lot longer ago.” However, the White House and Congress have been playing the blame game.
Republican Lawmaker, Marco Rubio told CNN, “My hope is that as part of this process we can work on a way to deal with this issue and solve it through legislation, which is a constitutional way to do it.”
NBC news reported that 1 million immigrants could be affected with the proposed amendment and cost $200 billion to the American economy.
Several people and notable business moguls have appealed against this move. Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Satya Nadella and, 400 other U.S. Executives urged Trump to retain the protections through an open letter. Apple CEO Tim Cook took stance to support his employees.
DACA supporters argued that the people are integrated into American society, while the opponents of the program said that illegal immigrants steal jobs from the U.S. citizens.