Admin revokes blocked program to protect immigrant parents

Alejandro Massey
June 17, 2017

Numerous 800,000 immigrants protected by the DACA program did not know that they were in the country illegally, and many reportedly attended American schools from a young age. "We hope President Trump now will keep his entire promise by ordering an end to the Obama Administration's other unconstitutional amnesty, the DACA program, which continues to issues new work permits to those here illegally". Still, the Department of Homeland Security decision, announced Thursday night, signals that President Donald Trump plans to go through with at least some of the immigration proposals that powered his 2016 campaign. Cancelling the program could mean trying to deport more than 787,000 people who identified themselves to the government in exchange for temporary protection. The announcement is bittersweet for many undocumented families because it means that while some young people can continue to remain in the US, their parents are not offered the same protection.

While DACA lives to see another day, its sister program Deferred Action for Parents of Americans is officially dead though it never got off the ground. Unlike under Obama, the Trump administration is arresting more undocumented immigrants with no criminal records and pursuing a wall on the southwestern border.

"The future of the DACA program continues to be under review with the administration", Jonathan Hoffman, an assistant secretary for public affairs at Homeland Security, said in a statement. Importantly, DACA does not in and of itself change a person's immigration status. They might be protected by law, but even with DACA dreamers aren't not targets. Such legislation has not materialized.

According to the New York Times, Secretary Kelly said that the intention of the Obama-era program was to provide these undocumented immigrants with work permits so that they may seek legal jobs.

Immigration enforcement was one of the top priorities of Trump during his election campaign.

President Trump is keeping DACA alive, for now.

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The decision not to defend the DAPA order in court, however, has continued to feed immigration advocates' concerns over what the Trump administration might do in respect to DACA.

"DACA still exists and DAPA hasn't existed for a long time now", Langarica said. Mexico's Foreign Relations Department said continuing the program would "maintain protection for the thousands of talented young Mexicans enrolled".

Because a child born in the a de facto USA citizen, immigration laws created a system by which the government was effectively deporting its own citizens when it forced the undocumented parents of a US -born child to leave the country, because the child would typically be taken with them. "It feels like I'm a regular American", she said.

While the uncertainty created by the Trump administration's stance is real, Thursday night's announcement offered at least some short-term reassurance that there won't be immediate disruptions for those now working in the US under the program. His move to do so was largely symbolic.

About a year ago, the Supreme Court deadlocked, 4-4 on a challenge to the Texas ruling.

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