Washington, September 6: After tightening H1B visa process, the Trump administration has taken one more cruel move of scrapping an Obama-era amnesty programme that granted work permits to immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children which will straight away affect at least 7000 Indian workers.
Notably, the United States 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. This cruel move of Trump will ban 8 lakhs undocumented workers including more than seven thousand Indians working in America.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the revocation of the programme also known as the Deferred Action for Children Arrival (DACA) on Tuesday. "I am here today to announce that the programme known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama Administration is being rescinded," US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said.
Jeff Sessions while talking to media said, "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."
Defending the move, Sessions further said that to have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest, one cannot admit everyone who would like to come here. Sessions noted, "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.”
"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," he added. Sessions also said that collective wisdom is that the policy is vulnerable to the same legal and constitutional challenges that the courts recognised with respect to the DACA programme, which was enjoined on a nationwide basis in a decision affirmed by the Fifth Circuit.
He concluded saying that ending the previous administration's "disrespect for the legislative process" is an important first step. All immigration policies should serve the interests of the people of the US—lawful immigrant and native born alike, he asserted. Meanwhile, in a tweet, President Donald Trump, said he now looked forward to working with both the Democrats and Republicans in Congress to address immigration reform.
However, the announcement of Obama-era amnesty programme or Deferred Action for Children Arrival (DACA) was opposed across the country with protests. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the White House demonstrating against President Trump. On the other side, Former US President Barack Obama decried his successor Donald Trump's decision to end an amnesty and called it "wrong," "self-defeating" and "cruel." He also said that the Trump administration's decision on DACA is not about fixing the immigration system.
Interestingly, US Citizenship and Immigration Services statistics available till March 31st of this year says India ranks 11th among countries of origin for the DACA students. Earlier also, Trump administration tightened H1B visa so that the Americans could get more of the jobs. However, the diplomatic relations maintained by Indian government led a pressure on Trump administration to rethink the policies of H1B visas.