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The Trump administration on Tuesday formally announced their decision to rescind DACA, a program that currently protects nearly 800,000 young immigrants—who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children— from deportation. Congress will have six months to act before the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which was put in place under the Obama administration, is phased out in March 2018.

“To have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest, we cannot admit everyone who would like to come here,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “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 can not be accepted.”

He continued, “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. We are a people of compassion and we are a people of law. But there is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws.”

In a statement, President Donald Trump, who previously told DREAMers to “rest easy,” said that it was “time for Congress to act,” which he echoed on Twitter. “As President, my highest duty is to defend the American people and the Constitution of the United States of America,” Trump said in a statement. “At the same time, I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.”

Ending DACA was one of Trump’s campaign promises, however, he reversed his pledge to “immediately terminate” the program in June. According to The Atlantic, Trump previously told ABC’s David Muir that immigration policies and DACA recipients were being looked at “with great heart.”

ABC News reports that no new applications will be accepted after Sept. 5, but pending applications filed before the announcement will still be processed. Additionally, “anyone who has a DACA permit expiring between now and March 5, 2018, can apply for a two-year renewal. That application must be submitted by Oct. 5.” Those who lose DACA will be put at risk for deportation.

According to a 2012 Pew Research Center survey, 63 percent of U.S. adults approved of the DACA program, which increases accessibility to education and work for young immigrants.

See how social media reacted to Trump’s decision to end DACA below:

Social Media Reacts to Donald Trump’s Decision to Rescind DACA Program

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