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A dream deferredDonald Trump ditches DACA

  • To Mr Trump’s supporters, this decision is overdue; cracking down on illegal immigrants defined his campaign, and as a candidate he vowed to end DACA on his first day in office.
  • Mr Trump said he had “great heart for these folks”, and called his decision a “gradual process, not a sudden phase-out”, but White House talking points urged DACA recipients to “prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States”.
  • To announce DACA’s end, Mr Trump dispatched Jeff Sessions, his attorney-general, a longtime immigration sceptic, who said that DACA “denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same jobs to go to illegal aliens”—a claim for which no evidence exists.
  • Mr Trump’s administration might have quietly continued DACA had ten state attorneys-general, led by Ken Paxton of Texas, not threatened to take the White House to court if it did not undo DACA by September 5th.
  • Tim Cook, Apple’s boss, said he was “dismayed” at Mr Trump’s decision, having previously tweeted that 250 Apple employees are DACA recipients, and “I stand with them.”

WHEN Karla Robles was 16 years old, she tried to register for college-entrance exams, like hundreds of thousands of high-school juniors in Chicago. She found that she could not—she lacked a social-security number. That was how Ms Robles learned she was in the United States illegally.

@TheEconomist: Over 93% of DACA recipients over the age of 25 are employed, compared with 78% of all Americans between 25 and 54

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A dream deferredDonald Trump ditches DACA

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