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President Donald Trump on Tuesday sent out a tweet that seemed to confirm his intention to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an Obama-era policy that shields some unauthorized immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the US as children.
“Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!” Trump tweeted Tuesday.
A Politico report Sunday said Trump intended to end the program, which was created via executive action from President Barack Obama. The report said Trump would include a six-month delay in ending the program, in theory giving Congress enough time to address it with legislation.
A formal announcement was expected later Tuesday.
The move, forced because of a threat from the Texas attorney general to sue the federal government over the program, now leaves the future of roughly 800,000 immigrants who benefit from the program in flux until the deadline.
Ending the DACA program was opposed not only by Democrats but also by a large group of prominent Republicans. And more than 300 business leaders, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, and General Motors CEO Mary Barra signed a letter urging Trump to continue the program.
Giving Congress six months to act also throws another legislative task to an already bursting congressional schedule that includes the debt ceiling, government funding, healthcare, and taxes.
Following the DACA tweet, Trump pivoted to the situation with North Korea. The president said he planned to allow the increased sale of weapons to neighboring countries to combat the North Korean threat.
“I am allowing Japan & South Korea to buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment from the United States,” Trump tweeted.
According to the Arms Export Control Act, the president must inform Congress 30 days before any sale of weapons valued at $14 million or more, though there are some looser requirements for Japan.