On Tuesday, President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era executive order which prevents deportation of people who were brought into the United States illegally as children. The move was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The program was intended to prevent the deportation of illegal immigrants whose only crime was that their parents had brought them to the United States illegally. Many speak only English, and have few, if any, ties to their country of origin. The repeal will not be implemented until March 3, giving Congress time to act on the matter and prevent the deportations.
DACA was an executive order, which means that President Trump can repeal it via a similar order. President Obama signed it after Congress failed to act on immigration reform during his administration. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called for a legislative solution to the problem DACA was devised to address, but what form that solution might take, and how it might pass Congress, is unclear.