3:28 p.m. ET
After days of uncertainty, President Trump made it official on Tuesday that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is being rescinded. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in an announcement that the program, which former President Barack Obama introduced via executive action in 2012 to protect individuals brought to the U.S. as children, was “unconstitutional.
At this point, the Department of Homeland Security will stop accepting new applications for DACA’s renewable, two-year work permits. New applications that have been received as of today will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
For those already enrolled in DACA, renewal applications for those whose two-year work permits expire between now and March 5, 2018 will still be accepted, as long as they’re submitted by Oct. 5. Those whose permits expire after March 5, 2018, will be allowed to continue working until their two-year period is up.
The Department of Homeland Security will also now stop issuing “advanced parole notices,” which allowed DACA recipients to leave and reenter the U.S. Those that were already issued will be honored.
Trump emphasized in a statement that with the end of DACA, the administration’s “enforcement priorities remain unchanged.” “We are focused on criminals, security threats, recent border-crossers, visa overstays, and repeat violators. I have advised the Department of Homeland Security that DACA recipients are not enforcement priorities unless they are criminals, are involved in criminal activity, or are members of a gang,” Trump said in a statement. However, The New York Times‘ Vivian Yee noted that while DACA holders might not be targeted, they will “be treated like anyone else in the country illegally — putting them at risk of deportation under Trump.”
Now that the announcement has been made, the Trump administration will offer “a partial delay to give Congress a chance to address the issue,” The Washington Postreported. It’s not clear what the Trump administration’s plan is if Congress doesn’t act in six months.
3:17 p.m. ET
Former President Barack Obama responded at length to President Trump’s decision Tuesday to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, writing on Facebook that “these DREAMers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper.”
On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said DACA, which protects individuals known as DREAMers who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, was “unconstitutional” when it was implemented by Obama in 2012 via executive action. Sessions also said DACA had “denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans” by granting work authorization. Obama responded in his statement, writing that “because it made no sense to expel talented, driven, patriotic young people from the only country they know solely because of the actions of their parents, my administration acted to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people, so that they could continue to contribute to our communities and our country.”
Let’s be clear: The action taken today [by Trump] isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question. Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us. They are that pitcher on our kid’s softball team, that first responder who helps out his community after a disaster, that cadet in ROTC who wants nothing more than to wear the uniform of the country that gave him a chance. Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages. [Barack Obama, via Facebook]
“Ultimately, this is about basic decency,” Obama concluded. “This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people — and who we want to be.” Read Obama’s full statement here.
2:45 p.m. ET
The most delightful portmanteau of all time plans to strike Tuesday night in Seattle when a fleet of “Kayaktivists” will descend on a luxury yacht belonging to billionaire Robert Mercer, reports.
In addition to funding Stephen Bannon, President Trump’s campaign, and Breitbart media, Mercer has notably thrown his money at Sea Owl, a 203-foot $75-million vessel deemed a “clear symbol of oligarchic power” by The Stranger. To be fair:
It isn’t entirely clear why Mercer’s ship is docked in Seattle’s Lake Union, only that it presents a thrilling opportunity for aquatic protest by small, organized watercraft. At 7 p.m. PT, the kayaktivists plan to gather around Sea Owl with “two large Chicken Dons” to criticize Mercer’s support of “the racist alt-right agenda.”
Kayaktivists are a uniquely Pacific Northwest form of protester, with the colorful floating hoards demonstrating against Shell’s arctic drilling in Seattle and Portland in 2015.
1:34 p.m. ET
On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration’s intention to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, calling the end of the Obama-era policy that grants work permits to young immigrants brought into America illegally as children a “compassionate” enforcement of “immigration laws.” Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach had a blunter message for the affected young people, colloquially known as DREAMers after the protective DREAM Act: “Go home and get in line.”
Even many Republicans have spoken out against Trump’s decision, which affects roughly 800,000 individuals. Kobach, though, told MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson before Sessions’ announcement Tuesday that he “would suggest [DREAMers] go home and get in line, come into the United States legally, get your green card, then become a citizen. Do it the right way like so many of your hundreds and thousands of countrymen are trying to do.” Watch below.
12:47 p.m. ET
Democrats and Republicans alike reacted Tuesday to the Trump administration’s official announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects individuals who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, is being rescinded. “The president has revealed he is as heartless as he is uninformed,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) while Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) added: “I strongly believe that children who were illegally brought into this country through no fault of their own should not be forced to return to a country they do not know.”
John Cornyn (R-Texas) said that DREAMers — so named after the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act — “continue to make positive contributions to Texas and the nation,” while Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called it “simply wrong to needlessly target hardworking young adults in order to score political points.”
Many other lawmakers and organizations went on record with criticism of the administration’s decision:
Javier Palomarez, the head of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, resigned from Trump’s National Diversity Council in response to the administration’s decision, CNN reports. “We’re dealing with a president that gave his word, that promised that he would take care of these 800,000 young people,” Palomarez said earlier Tuesday. “If he gets rid of DACA, he’s showing that he is a liar.”
12:13 p.m. ET
As Hurricane Irma threatens Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Florida mainland, Tropical Storm Jose has formed on its heels and is expected to strengthen, reports.
Jose is the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season and is clocking sustained winds of 40 mph. “It’s possible the storm could become a hurricane by Friday,” the Sentinel writes, although Jose’s predicted path would likely take it north, avoiding landfall.
Yet another storm is forming in the Gulf of Mexico, and has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression by Thursday.
Another disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico could become a tropical depression in the next few days. It will bring heavy rain to Mexico. pic.twitter.com/VyiAZzFiW7
11:58 a.m. ET
Nine-year-old Noah Nelson and his friends spent their summer vacation raising money at their lemonade stand for the Vancouver B.C. Children’s Hospital after their classmate was diagnosed with brain cancer. “This was not something their mothers or fathers suggested that they do, they came up with the idea themselves,” hospital spokeswoman Pamela Smith told CBC News.
Nelson and his friends wanted to raise $1,000 for the hospital, but surpassed their goal with a final check of $1,636.20. Nelson admitted that working the stand was “really hard” but added: “I feel really lucky to be able to do this because I’ve always wanted to set up a lemonade stand for the summer but I never thought it would be to raise money for the hospital.”
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