President Donald Trump has decided to try to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, Politico first reported on Sunday.
The Obama-era program, which grants work permits to undocumented people who came to the U.S. as children, currently shields about 800,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation. According to the New York Times, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will make the announcement at a 10 a.m. press briefing on Tuesday the the program will be phased out in six months. Though this certainly isn’t good news for DACA holders, Trump’s decision doesn’t quite mean the program is doomed. The six-month delay allows Congress the chance to take action to come up with some sort of legislative compromise on DACA before it’s completely wiped out, with both Republicans and Democrats seemingly ready to come to the table.
In Texas, though, DACA has been in the crosshairs of political leaders for a while now. In June, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton led officials from nine other states in a letter sent to Sessions, urging the White House to rescind the order by September 5 or face legal action.
According to the Pew Research Center, Texas has more than 124,000 DACA recipients, the second most of any state. One of those DACA recipients was Alonso Guillen, a 31-year-old deejay in Lufkin who died while trying to rescue people from Hurricane Harvey on Wednesday. His body was discovered near Houston on Sunday after the boat he was in capsized Wednesday night, according to the Houston Chronicle.