The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it will end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), giving Congress a six-month deadline to pass legislation that would attempt to save the Obama-era program that protects immigrants who entered the country illegally as children.
According to CNN, about 800,000 "DREAMers" could soon face deportation to countries they've never known if Congress isn't able to pass a legislative solution by the deadline.
In announcing the decision Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called DACA an "open-ended circumvention of immigration laws" and deemed it an "unconstitutional executive overreach of authority by the executive branch."
"We are a people of compassion and we are a people of law. But there is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws," Sessions added. "The compassionate thing is to end the lawlessness, enforce our laws, and, if Congress chooses to make changes to those laws, to do so through the process set forth by our Founders in a way that advances the interest of the nation."
Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke told NPR that Trump's decision to end DACA with a six-month delay was the "least disruptive" option after 10 state attorney generals threatened to sue the administration if the program was not ended by September 5.
Trump shifted all responsibility to Congress while signaling his decision on Twitter earlier Tuesday morning, telling Congress to "get ready to do your job -- DACA!"
According to Politico, one idea that's been floating around senior Republicans in the House is to make a deal with Democrats, "codifying DACA in return for Trump’s sought-after border wall."
You can read more about DACA and the Trump administration's decision to end it here.