United States keeps effort to shield young immigrants from deportation

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 19, 2017

WASHINGTON/MIAMI The Trump administration is still reviewing a policy set in 2012 by U.S. President Barack Obama that protects from deportation almost 600,000 immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents, known as "Dreamers", a White House spokesman said on Friday."No final determination has been made", said the spokesman, who asked that his name not be used. DAPA was never fully implemented [DHS fact sheet] because "federal courts halted the policy".

The announcement that the DACA program will continue for the time being, a decision that affects about 800,000 people in the United States, came as the administration formally ended Mr. Obama's attempt to expand it to also cover the parents of the Dreamers. Instead, Kelly rescinded the memo, saying on the department's website that there is "no credible path forward" in court.

In an April interview with the Associated Press, Trump said those in the program could "rest easy" because "this is a case of heart". Many participants, often referred to as "dreamers", arrived in the United States as small children and have little recollection of their birth countries. Mexico's Foreign Relations Department said continuing the program would "maintain protection for the thousands of talented young Mexicans enrolled".

Immigration lawyer David Leopold commented, "This is a big victory for Dreamers amid months of draconian and mean-spirited immigration enforcement policy". The US Supreme Court let the lower court ruling stand past year after a four-four tie vote.

Pro-immigration advocates had held out hope that DAPA could go into effect. Enrollees are granted legal status and work permits, renewable every two years.

The protection program for parents, like the one for young immigrants, was created with a policy memo, not by legislation.

The second one, DAPA, was for illegal-immigrant parents of children who are US citizens by virtue of having been born here.

"DAPA and DACA are two different programs", a spokeswoman for DHS said.

"They shouldn't be very anxious", Trump said of DACA recipients in a January ABC News interview.

The Trump administration has canceled a never-implemented Obama-era immigration program meant to protect parents of US citizens from deportation, fulfilling one of President Donald Trump's campaign promises.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced Thursday that one of the illegal-alien amnesty programs ordered by former President Barack Obama will be rescinded immediately.

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