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President Trump decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive action implemented under former President Obama.
DACA allows individuals who illegally entered the country as children to remain and work in the U.S.
Obama’s June 2012 DACA order contradicted an earlier statement in which he said as president he did not have the authority to make changes to immigration laws.
Obama and the Democrats had control of Congress during his first term and could have passed an entire immigration package, including DACA.
Trump is being pushed to act on DACA because a number of state attorneys general are threatening to sue the federal government over DACA on constitutional grounds.
Trump is calling on Congress to act, and now lawmakers have six months to enact immigration reform.
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