Admin revokes blocked program to protect immigrant parents

Lynne Hanson
June 21, 2017

During his presidential campaign, Trump said former President Barack Obama had "defied federal law and the Constitution", and that he would "immediately terminate" DACA when he became president.

President Trump has officially reversed his campaign pledge to deport the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children. The program was launched in 2012 and has protected about 787,000 young immigrants from deportation.

According to the press release by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, DACA will remain in effect. DHS Secretary John Kelly explained the move saying "there is no credible path forward to litigate the now enjoined policy".

That program was never implemented because a Texas court blocked it at the request of a coalition of 26 state attorneys general.

Homeland Security Department spokesman David Lapan says no decisions about DACA's ultimate fate have been made.

The decision to rescind the ruling rather than continue to defend it in court leaves those covered by DAPA's provisions at risk of deportation, with no suggestion by DHS of a replacement policy in the works.

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But the Trump administration declined to secure "Dreamers" long-term future in the United States. The first amnesty, DACA, was for illegal-immigrant children who were brought here while they were young, have lived here for years, and who meet certain other qualifications. Such legislation has not materialized. Enrollees are granted legal status and work permits, renewable every two years. The protections are revocable at any time if an immigrant runs afoul of the law or becomes a threat to public safety or national security.

"Prior to implementation of DAPA, twenty-six states challenged the policies established in the DAPA memorandum in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas", the statement continued. That program applies to certain illegal aliens in the US who arrived as children and met specific criteria. However, President Donald Trump has vowed to crack down on illegal immigration. "We're going to take care of everybody", Trump said during an interview with ABC.

After the news that the DACA program would remain in force broke out, reactions started pouring in from both sides of the#Immigration debate.

I'm opposed to DACA because it signals to potential illegal immigrants that their young children eventually might well receive amnesty, thus providing the parents with an additional incentive to come to the US illegally. The program applies to persons brought to the US while under the age of 16 prior to 2012.

"DACA recipients can not rest easily when our families are still in the cross hairs of deportation agents", said the group Mi Familia Vota. His move to do so was largely symbolic.

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