DACA Dies: Jeff Sessions Says ‘Department of Justice Cannot Defend this Overreach’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Trump administration is putting an end to DACA — a program put in place by President Barack Obama to protect undocumented immigrants who came to America as children.

Sessions’ presser on the DACA termination took place after President Donald Trump announced the plan via Twitter this morning. The attorney general explained the reasoning behind ending the policy change, claiming that the current Department of Justice “cannot defend this overreach” — referencing his belief that Obama’s DACA executive order was illegal

Per Sessions:

“In ordering this blanket exception, President Obama was nullifying part of a law that he simply disagreed with. If a president can claim sweeping discretion to suspend key federal laws, the entire legislative process becomes little more than a pretense. The circumvention of the legislative process undermines the authority of this branch, the legislative branch, but destabilized the system as a whole… Ending the previous administrations disrespect for the legislative process is an important first step.”

Sessions also claimed that ending DACA was a part of the Trump administration’s effort to ensure all immigration policies “serve the interest of the people of the United States.”

Though many would use an opposite terms to describe cutting DACA, Sessions described ending the program as “the compassionate thing to do” — citing concerns of terrorism,

“We are people of compassion and we are people of law… Failure to enforce the laws in the past has put our nation at risk of crime, violence and terrorism, the compassionate thing to do is end the law,” said Sessions later in the press conference.

New applications to DACA will no longer be accepted, but the 800,000 people who are currently under the program will not be impacted at this exact moment, as the administration works toward an “orderly wind down.”

The administration’s plan is to hand the problem off to Congress to solve, so the legislative branch can provide a permanent solution.

Watch the clip above via CNN.

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