US President Donald Trump on 5 September 2017 scrapped an amnesty programme introduced during Obama’s term that granted work permits to immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children.
The move is likely to impact over 800,000 undocumented workers including more than 7000 Indian-Americans.
The announcement was made by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who said that the programme known as DACA (Deferred Action for Children Arrival) that was effectuated under the Obama Administration is being withdrawn.
Defending the decision, Sessions said that to have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest, one cannot admit everyone who would like to come here.
He further said that the nation must set and enforce a limit on how many immigrants it will admit each year and that means all cannot be accepted. "This does not mean they are bad people or that our nation disrespects or demeans them in any way. It means we are properly enforcing our laws as Congress has passed them,” Sessions added.
Sessions further said that ending the previous administration's ‘disrespect for the legislative process’ is an important first step. He was of the opinion that all immigration policies should serve the interests of the people of the United States such as those who are lawful immigrants or those who have been born there.
The development was greeted with protests from across the country. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the White House to demonstrate against the President.
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