Trump Says He'll Revisit DACA If Congress Doesn't Act

Posted: Sep 06, 2017 8:45 AM
Trump Says He'll Revisit DACA If Congress Doesn't Act

After his administration announced its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program Tuesday, President Trump said that he may revisit it if Congress fails to act.

“Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can't, I will revisit this issue!”

Prior to that, he wrote that he looks “forward to working w/ D's + R's in Congress to address immigration reform in a way that puts hardworking citizens of our country 1st.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced earlier Tuesday the program was being “rescinded.”

"We are a people of compassion and we are a people of law. But there is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws," 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," he continued.

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The enforcement of the decision will be phased out over six months, he announced. This delay will help members of Congress work on passing a legislative fix.

"As I’ve said before, we will resolve the DACA issue with heart and compassion – but through the lawful democratic process while at the same time ensuring that any immigration reform we adopt provides enduring benefits for the American citizens we were elected to serve," Trump said Tuesday.