International desk – Protest broke out across United States after President Donald Trump scrapped an Obama-era migration scheme, Deferred Action for Children Arrivals or DACA.
Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday bashed his successor’s decision to rescind an immigration order shielding some children of undocumented immigrants from deportation.
He called Trump’s move “cruel” and “self-defeating.”
“To target these young people is wrong — because they have done nothing wrong,” Obama wrote in a post on Facebook hours after the decision was announced by President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“It is self-defeating — because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel.”
Sessions officially announced the ending of the Daca on Tuesday as its cancellation was one of Trump’s presidential election agenda.
Current enrolees will be allowed to maintain their normalised residency status until the expiration of their current two-year permits which will be phased out by 5 March, 2018, and renewals for those whose status ends within the next six months will be processed until the end of September.
New applications will no longer be accepted while those who are currently in the programme will lose their status by March 2020.
In a written statement Trump said, “I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.”
Trump later told reporters that he had “great love” for the Dreamers, he said he advised the Department of Homeland Security that Daca recipients were “not enforcement priorities [for deportation] unless they are criminals, are involved in criminal activity, or are members of a gang”.
At least 840,000 undocumented residents will be affected by the cancellation of the Daca, mostly migrated from the Latin America, media reports say.
Children-under-16 who migrated to the USA in search of education, settlement and building career in America had been deprived of security during the Bush administration.
President Barack Obama opened a programme in the name of Daca which ensured children’s education and building up career in the USA. The programme was welcomed by people of all walks of life, even by the natives.
It was popularly labeled as a programme for the “Dreamers”.