Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration amnesty program will be "wound down" and rescinded over the next six months, providing Congress time to take action "should they so choose."
In an official statement at the Department of Justice, Sessions praised President Donald Trump for ushering in a immigration system based on "constitutional order" and "the rule of law." Sessions specifically framed the administration's decision in terms of ensuring the just administration of the law, in contrast to Barack Obama's so-described executive overreach in creating DACA.
"Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch," Sessions said about Obama's executive action.
"Simply put, if we are to further our goal of strengthening the constitutional order and the rule of law in America, the Department of Justice cannot defend this overreach," Sessions added.