Admin revokes blocked program to protect immigrant parents

Admin revokes blocked program to protect immigrant parents

Promise Kept: Trump Admin Rescinds DAPA Amnesty Program

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly quietly announced the decision at the bottom of a fact sheet released late Thursday declaring the end to a similar, but never-implemented program meant to shield immigrant parents of USA citizens and legal residents from deportation.

On the fifth anniversary of one of former President Barack Obama's signature immigration orders, the Trump administration rescinded a major piece of the policy, ending the deferred deportation of undocumented parents of children who are American citizens or legal residents. Trump has not said what he plans to do about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but so far most immigrants protected by the effort have not been targeted by stepped-up efforts to find and deport immigrants living in the country illegally. A federal court agreed and blocked the administration from enforcing the policy.

"We commend the Trump administration for following through on its promise to formally end DAPA", said Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, in a statement. It was aimed at keeping families from being split apart through deportation and introduced alongside the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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Trump has been inconsistent on his statements about DACA, which was established by President Obama in 2012, having decried it on the campaign as an "illegal executive amnesty" program. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers an immigration policy speech during a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center. The protection can be revoked at any time, and some young immigrants have lost DACA protections after being arrested for crimes.

"The fact that Trump has not chose to remove DACA is a testament to the organizing that has been going on by immigrant groups", said Camila Bortolleto of Brookfield, who received DACA status in 2013. "The preservation of DACA is a tribute to the strength of the Dreamer movement".

"If the young students who have been living for years in this country love this country, show good behavior and want to work legally in their community, they should be not only welcome to do it, but the laws should honor them and make it easier", he said.

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In February, an undocumented immigrant was deported to Mexico by USA border officials in what was reportedly the first instance of a DACA recipient being forced out of the US under President Trump.

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.

Lisa Rivas, a Danbury immigration attorney, said she wasn't surprised about the DAPA announcement because of the Supreme Court decision. "We're going to take care of everybody", Trump said during an interview with ABC.

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