Admin revokes blocked program to protect immigrant parents

Randolph Lopez
June 18, 2017

President Donald Trump's Department of Homeland Security will not touch former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows undocumented immigrants, who came to the states as small children, to remain in America.

Trump paired the action with an announcement it is withdrawing a second Obama-era program that would have protected from deportation as many as five million additional undocumented immigrants who are the parents of US citizens.

"There has been no final determination made about the DACA program, which the president has stressed needs to be handled with compassion and with heart", said Jonathan Hoffman, the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security, about the future of DACA.

The program was created by President Barack Obama in 2014 to protect people living in the United States illegally who have children who are U.S. citizens or legal residents.

The US government said it has not yet the decided the fate of an existing program that protects young immigrants from deportation.

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DHS also issued a statement announcing that DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, program would remain intact. About 800,000 people are enrolled.

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While Trump has not cleared the air on what he plans to do about the program but so far, most immigrants protected by the efforts have not been targeted. However, the program never was fully implemented.

Arrests of immigrants in the interior of the country have increased under the Trump administration. The announcement is bittersweet for many undocumented families because it means that while some young people can continue to remain in the USA, their parents are not offered the same protection. "The preservation of DACA is a tribute to the strength of the Dreamer movement". The guidance adds that work permits will not be terminated before they are set to expire.

DACA does not provide a legal immigration path to citizenship or any status that leads to permanent protection; it does offer immigrants with valid work permit for a period of two years.

Since taking office, Trump has expressed empathy for the participants often called "dreamers", many of whom have no memory of living anywhere but the United States.

In fact, the White House spokesman said, the statement was only meant to clarify that the rescission of the program for parents would have no impact on the program for immigrants who arrived as children.

"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. "We're going to take care of everybody", Trump said during an interview with ABC.

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