Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces rescinding of DACA program

09/05/2017 11:38 AM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday that the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals program (DACA) is being rescinded.

In a briefing this morning, Sessions said that Department of Homeland Security would begin to wind down the program.

Sessions’ comments come after reports from multiple news outlets that President Donald Trump would put an expiration date on the program, giving Congress six months to make DACA law.

Tuesday morning, the President told Congress to “get ready to do your job,” shifting the responsibility for the future of DACA to lawmakers.

Here is a guide to some questions you might have about the DACA program:

When did DACA start?

The policy was started by former President Barack Obama. It allows certain illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.

How many people in the U.S. qualify for DACA?

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received 844,931 initial applications for DACA status and 606,264 applications for renewal. The bottom two rows of the chart below show the status of applications.

How many of those applicants are in Kentucky?

The Migration Policy Institute estimates that there are approximately 9,000 people in Kentucky who are DACA-eligible, and 3,448 applicants in the state have been approved as of March 2017.

What happens if DACA is ended?

In a study released last week, left-leaning think tank, the Center for American Progress (CAP), estimates that thousands of people would lose their jobs. According to the report, 30,000 people would lose their job each month if DACA is repealed and that would put pressure on employers to fill holes in their workforce.

A previous report by CAP estimates that DACA beneficiaries will contribute $260.3 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product over the next decade.

In January of this year, the“CATO Institute”: , a libertarian think tank, estimated that ending DACA and immediately deporting those enrolled would cost the federal government $60 billion.

Madeline Janicki

Madeline is a producer for Spectrum News. You can watch her work on Pure Politics, the only statewide nightly show dedicated solely to Kentucky Politics. Madeline is an Indiana native and received her degree in Communications from Indiana University. Her background is as a news producer but her passion for civic engagement and drive to bring voters information on issues that impact their lives brought her to Pure Politics. Here she gets to work on projects like her multi-part digital series on how the national group Teach For America is working in Eastern Kentucky Schools. If you have a story idea, email her at


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