US keeps effort to shield young immigrants from deportation

Posted June 18, 2017

Now that Trump has chose to keep the program in place, many of his strongest supporters may be angered by the president's latest immigration decision.

The Trump administration is leaving in place a program protecting hundreds of thousands young immigrants from deportation - one that President Donald Trump had pledged to eliminate.

Trump supporters may be disappointed to learn that the president has officially reneged on his campaign promise to deport former President Obama's undocumented "Dreamers". As of March 31, about 787,000 young immigrants have been approved for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to government data.

Late on June 15 - the fifth anniversary of DACA - the Department of Homeland Security announced that the program will stay intact.

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Stein issued a similar statement on DACA, saying the program was just as legally questionable and hurtful to Americans as DAPA.

But raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have caught up many people with minor legal violations and families who have lived in the country for decades.

Asked about the administration's decision to end DAPA and maintain DACA, despite the right criticizing both programs as being an amnesty granted by executive order instead of legislative mandate, Kelly said at a news conference here at the closing of a Central American prosperity and security confab that it was a simple move.

That said, sweeping executive actions, whether by Obama or Trump, are no way to solve America's immigration problems. Maria Cristina Garcia, professor of History and Latino studies at Cornell University, says that Trump's decision, while a relief to many DACA children, will not impact the status of their parents.

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Asked repeatedly about his intentions for the program since he took office, the president has hinted that he would not try to deport the Dreamers.

The program permits undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children to remain and work without fear of deportation, barring criminal offenses.

The immigration attorney explained in more detail that the goal of the program was to keep immigrant parents safe from deportation while also offering them a renewable, two-year work permit. After Texas and 25 other states challenged the legality of the program, a federal appeals court blocked the program, and the U.S. Supreme Court let that ruling stand. Conservatives have long criticized the policy, with 26 states suing, arguing President Obama overstepped his authority in enacting it.

The protection program for parents, like the one for young immigrants, was created with a policy memo, not by legislation. As president, however, Trump has expressed a more sympathetic view toward the Dreamers, and his administration never stopped processing renewal applications.

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