Trump Blocks New DACA Applications Amid Push to End Obama Program
'Important policy reasons that may warrant the full rescission of the DACA policy'
The Trump administration announced it was halting new DACA applications, the Obama-era program that shields some illegal immigrants from deportations.
Trump is now considering the policy's future just weeks after the Supreme Court blocked the program.
In June, The Supreme Court blocked the Trump Administration's bid to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for illegal aliens living in America.
Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four Democratic-appointed justices to rule with a 5-4 majority.
The decision was announced just over eight years to the day that former President Barack Obama launched the program.
On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it would reject all initial requests for protection, including Employment Authorization Documents applications.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement:
“As the Department continues looking at the policy and considers future action, the fact remains that Congress should act on this matter."
“There are important policy reasons that may warrant the full rescission of the DACA policy.”
Additionally, it is only renewing existing protections for only one year instead of two.
A federal judge ruled that DACA should be restored to its original form.
Two weeks ago, the president said he would be signing an executive order in the next few weeks, including a for DACA recipients.
“I’m going do a big executive order, I have the power to do it as president and I’m going to make DACA a part of it,” Trump said in an interview with Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz-Balart.
Trump added he was still working on the “legal complexities” of keeping DACA in the order.
Last month, Trump vowed his administration would "shortly" restart the regulatory process to end Barack Obama’s “DACA” amnesty for illegal aliens.
“We will be submitting enhanced papers shortly in order to properly fulfill the Supreme Court’s ruling & request of yesterday,” Trump said in a Twitter post.
The president says the court dodged the legal issues in the DACA case and did not help Democrats with its ruling.
“Nothing was lost or won. They ‘punted’, much like in a football game,” he said.