Trump Admin Memo Urges DACA Recipients To Prep For Deportation

Evelin Hernandez cries as she hold a sign reading "My dreams matter. Don't shatter them." at a protest against the announcement that the Trump administration is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals progr... Evelin Hernandez cries as she hold a sign reading "My dreams matter. Don't shatter them." at a protest against the announcement that the Trump administration is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, in Minneapolis, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Hernandez is a special education paraprofessional and a DREAM act recipient. (Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP) MORE LESS
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A Trump administration memo distributed Tuesday guided legislators to stick to the talking points that DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, recipients should prepare for deportation, according to multiple reports.

The Department of Justice officially announced Tuesday that it would end DACA in six months. The program, which was created by former President Barack Obama through executive order, protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as minors from deportation.

And while the White House and President Donald Trump are urging Congress to come up with a legislative solution for the issue, the talking points from the Trump administration told Congress that DACA recipients should “prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States.”

“The Department of Homeland Security urges DACA recipients to use the time remaining on their work authorizations to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States — including proactively seeking travel documentation — or to apply for other immigration benefits for which they may be eligible,” the document said, which ABC obtained and confirmed with two congressional sources and one White House official. 

CNN was first to report on the memo. ABC News and NBC News also obtained the memo.

The guidance comes in contrast to public statements from the administration.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dodged questions about whether DACA recipients would be deported once the six month window closes and instead told reporters Tuesday the administration has “confidence that Congress will actually do their job.” She said that DACA recipients would not be a priority for deportation.

The President himself tweeted Tuesday night that if Congress fails to come up with a solution, he would “revisit” the issue in six months.

This post has been updated.

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  1. With this “Presidency,” always assume the worst.

  2. Avatar for misha misha says:

    I tell you, we are all SHOCKED by this totally expected development. SHOCKED I tell you.
    Good morning world, welcome to another day of the horror America is becoming.

  3. “And STAY OUT!”

  4. Avatar for sanni sanni says:

    Whiplash from the mixed messaging. Explain the divergent messaging/intent (two words: Stephen Miller?) between the WH (PACK!) and Trump (If Congress doesn’t act, like I have just challenged them to, I will reconsider… maybe.)

    Beyond cruel to the Dreamers.

    F-ed up state of affairs - in the new state of perpetual insanity of the united states.

  5. “The Department of Homeland Security urges DACA recipients to use the time remaining on their work authorizations to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States — including proactively seeking travel documentation — or to apply for other immigration benefits for which they may be eligible,” the document said, which ABC obtained and confirmed with two congressional sources and one White House official.

    My (close relative´s) husband in an early DACA kid who was able to (safely?) marry because they had evidence of a long-term relationship. His brother married, before Trump was inaugurated, as well. But their sister was younger, and was not in a relationship, so she did not marry. She is in college now. She has never been to Mexico, grew up here all her remembered life, and speaks English as her first language. She would be deported to a country that she has never been, and in which she has no close relatives anymore. Were she to return, she would have nothing, and could not work,save perhaps in an off-shored customer service call center staffed by similarly deported English speaking former residents of the US.

    The humanity of the advice to get her papers in order is noted.

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