Hume: If Congress Doesn't Act, Trump Won't End DACA
The Trump administration announced on Tuesday it is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months.
The program, which was formed through executive order by former President Barack Obama in 2012, shields from deportation approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.
The six-month delay is intended to give Congress time to pass immigration reform legislation.
Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can't, I will revisit this issue!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2017
For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about - No action!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2017
Brit Hume predicted on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that if Congress does not act, Trump will not follow through and terminate the DACA program.
On "America's Newsroom" today, Fox News contributor and former Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz said Hume is probably right.
He said that he expects Trump to prioritize other issues, such as cracking down on criminal illegal immigrants.
"Under Barack Obama, remember there was some 86,000 criminal aliens that had committed a crime, been convicted in the United States, and then President Obama released them back out into the United States instead of deporting them," Chaffetz said. "That is a much higher priority."
He added, however, that Trump was right to pass the DACA issue off to Congress, since they are the ones capable of changing the law, not the president.
"They need to do it," Chaffetz said. "There have been plenty of hearings. I don't want to hear about hearings. I want to hear about markups and bills moving forward."
Watch more from Chaffetz above, and see all of Hume's thoughts below.