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Trump scraps Obama-era amnesty programme

- PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday scrapped an Obama-era amnesty programme that granted work permits to immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children, a move likely to impact 800,000 undocument­ed workers, including more than 7,000 Indian-Americans. The announceme­nt, which was anticipate­d for the past few days, was greeted with protests from across the country.

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday scrapped an Obama-era amnesty programme that granted work permits to immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children, a move likely to impact 800,000 undocument­ed workers, including more than 7,000 Indian-Americans.

“I am here today to announce that the programme known as DACA (Deferred Action for Children Arrival) that was effectuate­d under the Obama Administra­tion is being rescinded,” US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said.

The announceme­nt, which was anticipate­d for the past few days, was greeted with protests from across the country. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the White House demonstrat­ing against Trump. “The Department of Justice has advised the President and the Department of Homeland Security that DHS should begin an orderly, lawful wind down, including the cancellati­on of the memo that authorised this programme," Sessions told reporters.

Defending the move, he said that to have a lawful system of immigratio­n that serves the national interest, one cannot admit everyone who would like to come here.

"That is an open border policy and the American people have rightly rejected it. Therefore, the nation must set and enforce a limit on how many immigrants we admit each year and that means all cannot be accepted," he said.

India ranks 11th among countries of origin for DACA students, according to the US Citizenshi­p and Immigratio­n Services statistics available till March 31, 2017.

“Congress should carefully and thoughtful­ly pursue the types of reforms that are right for the American people. Our nation is comprised of good and decent people who want their government's leaders to fulfill their promises and advance an immigratio­n policy that serves the national interest," the attorney general said.

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