Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly reportedly said that the Trump administration may let legal challenges defeat Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), according to Fox News.
Fox News reported Friday that Kelly’s comment about the program came during a private meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) earlier this week.
DACA permits people who enter the U.S. illegally as children to stay on temporary visas rather than face deportation.
Fox News reported that since March, 770,477 individuals have been granted temporary status through DACA waivers.
Some Twitter users on Friday called for the end of the DACA program, which reportedly needs to be defended in court if the Trump administration does not rescind it fully by September 5.
Deport ALL illegals (DACA, anchors). Send to BACK of LEGAL immigration line, behind families waiting to come here LEGALLY. Please end DACA.— RC (@TiensToi) July 14, 2017
Other people on the social media platform voiced doubts about the need to eliminate the controversial initiative.
Daca is a tough call . Why can't we say by a certain age. Assimilation is easier for https://t.co/Rrg5qc68Pn about after four you stay ?— r. bic (@rshutterman) July 14, 2017
So just let DACA end and donate to those that may get deported?— Bobbo (@bobcsko) July 14, 2017
Are there any other options to fix this?
Kelly’s remarks reportedly came as officials in 10 states are threatening to file lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of DACA.
Former President Barack Obama created the program via executive order in 2012, and critics have since argued he overstepped limits of presidential power.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a vocal critic of illegal immigration, told Fox News Friday that he welcomes legal challenges to DACA.
“Hats off to the state Attorneys General that have brought this,” he said of the possible lawsuits.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), however, criticized Kelly as the most “unknowledgeable member of the Cabinet that I’ve ever met in my 25 years here.”
“[He’s] trying to make a fool out of us by trying to say, ‘Oh, it’s the courts,’” he said.
President Trump has repeatedly vowed to take a harder stance against illegal immigration but has voiced uncertainty about the ultimate fate awaiting DACA.
“It’s a decision that I make, and it’s a decision that’s very, very hard to make,” he told reporters on Air Force One this week.