By: Maria Clark | NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
President Donald Trump said Friday (Dec. 28) that, without funding to build a wall between the U.S.-Mexico border, no deal would be met to assure the future of the program that, up until Sept. 5, protected approximately 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation
Trump tweeted Friday that “The Democrats have been told, and fully understand that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc. We must protect our Country at all cost!.”
The Deffered Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was enacted through an executive order under the Obama administration and provided temporary relief from deportation as well as work permits for nearly 800,000 immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. There are close to 2,500 DACA recipients in Louisiana, according to the American Immigration Council. The Trump administration announced Sept. 5 it was ending the program and giving Congress six months to negotiate a legislative alternative to save it.
Democrats and Republicans were not able to meet to discuss the program before the end of 2018. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said Dec. 20 the Senate would vote on whether protect Dreamers, which is the term used to describe the young people protected under DACA. Flake was able to secure a commitment for a vote on DACA in exchange for his support of the GOP tax bill.