US keeps effort to shield young immigrants from deportation

US keeps effort to shield young immigrants from deportation

US keeps effort to shield young immigrants from deportation

"Their announcement to keep DACA, while revoking DAPA and deporting family members is deceitful and is another effort to keep immigrant families feeling uncomfortable about their place in America", said Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

But White House officials said on Friday morning that Mr. Trump had not made a decision about the long-term fate of the program and might yet follow through on a campaign pledge to take away work permits from the immigrants or deport them. DACA protects roughly 750,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children and know no other home, but DAPA would have extended the protections to parents and potentially 5 million more people, according to estimates.

The protection program for parents, like the one for young immigrants, was created with a policy memo during the Obama administration.

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.

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.

But DACA recipients, known as the "dreamers", may stay.

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The program meant to keep immigrant parents safe from deportation and provide them with renewable work permit for two years. 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.

President Trump's administration officially canceled an immigration program that was proposed during the Obama-era. In 2015, Obama tried to expand the program to include the illegal immigrant parents of USA citizens, which would have granted up to 5 million people.

"Although this unconstitutional executive amnesty had been temporarily blocked by the courts, it threatened to issue 5 million new work permits to illegal aliens who would mostly compete with low-skilled American workers who still face double-digit unemployment rates and declining wages", Chmielenski continued. "Already, we have seen many people contacting us, fearful that DACA is no longer in effect, once they hear the news that the DAPA memo was rescinded".

However, it was quickly challenged in court by Republican-governed Texas and 25 other states that argued Obama had overstepped the powers granted to him by the US Constitution by infringing upon the authority of Congress.

In an April interview with the Associated Press, Trump said those in the program could "rest easy" because "this is a case of heart".

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