WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that shielded young people from deportation, but he will likely let the program's recipients stay in the United States until their work permits run out, multiple people familiar with the policy negotiation told Tribune News Service.
That plan would allow Trump to fulfill a campaign promise to end one of Barack Obama's signature initiatives while also giving the president a way to keep the pledge he made after Inauguration Day to treat these immigrants with "great heart," said sources on both sides of the issue who are involved in the discussions.
An announcement could come as soon as today, just days before a deadline imposed by 10 states that threatened to sue the U.S. government if it did not stop protecting people brought into the country illegally as children.
Advocacy groups that want to preserve the program are urging the White House to ask those states — led by hurricane-ravaged Texas — to postpone their Tuesday deadline. A delay would give those groups more time to negotiate, and it could give Trump the space to avoid making a major policy announcement while his administration is eager to remain focused on hurricane recovery efforts.
But the president is under intense pressure to move quickly to end the DACA program from groups that supported his candidacy because of his pro-deportation immigration position and his promise to end this particular program on his first day in office.