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Admin revokes blocked program to protect immigrant parents

Promise Kept: Trump Admin Rescinds DAPA Amnesty Program Admin revokes blocked program to protect immigrant parents
Theresa Hayes | 17 June, 2017, 04:47

"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 the Department of Homeland Security's assistant secretary for public affairs, Jonathan Hoffman.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly signed a memorandum rescinding the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). 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.

The Department of Homeland Security quietly announced Thursday it will continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

DACA recipients will continue to be eligible as outlined in the June 15, 2012 memorandum. Cancelling the program could mean trying to deport more than 787,000 people who identified themselves to the government in exchange for temporary protection. When Obama rolled out the program, it drew praise from some educators and immigration advocates and criticism from Republicans in Congress who say the president overstepped his authority.

Trump's decision veers from his strident anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric, which translated into some tough early months for American immigrants during his administration.

Immigration activists have praised Trump's decision to allow the DACA program to continue. Many humanitarian agencies have expressed strong concerns when the US government rejects undocumented parents from staying in the USA and, yet, permits their children to remain.

The Trump administration reportedly ended protections for undocumented immigrant parents, protections that had been put in place during the Obama administration.

The action allows undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S.as children (during a certain time period) to remain in the country, attend school, and work, if they meet certain requirements. However, deportations have slightly gone down as less number of people has been caught crossing the Mexican border illegally. In an Associated Press interview in April, Trump said his administration is "not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals" and that "The dreamers should rest easy". Continuing it would be unpopular with many of his supporters.

Just 14 percent of respondents said those undocumented immigrants should be deported, a pledge made by President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. When I hear folks talking as if somehow these [foreign] kids are different than my kids or less worthy in the eyes of God, that somehow that they are less worthy of our respect and consideration and care, I think that's un-American.

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