Admin revokes blocked program to protect immigrant parents

Yesterday's decision does not affect another, related Obama-era memorandum that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - or DACA - that applies to children who were brought to the US illegally.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly revoked the memo creating the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program.

While President Obama had pushed in many reforms for immigrants, a record number of 2 million deportations were executed during his administration. They would have been kept safe from deportation and provided with renewable work permits.

US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly testifies before a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C, June 6, 2017.

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Obama-era immigration program meant to protect parents of US citizens and legal residents from deportation has been formally cancelled, fulfilling a key campaign promise from President Donald Trump, the Homeland Security Department announced late Thursday.

The program, which was announced by President Barack Obama in 2014, never took effect because it was blocked in a federal court.

An earlier program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), offers some 750,000 immigrants brought to the country illegally as children the chance to attend school and to work. 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. Reports suggest that as of March 31, about 787,000 young immigrants had been approved under DACA, the Associated Press reported.

"Kelly, after consulting with the Attorney General, signed a memorandum rescinding the November 20, 2014 memorandum that created the program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA)", the DHS statement read. Both programs required that participants meet certain conditions, including not having a criminal history.

Immigration enforcement was one of the top priorities of Trump during his election campaign. "The preservation of DACA is a tribute to the strength of the Dreamer movement and an acknowledgment - at least in part - by the Department of Homeland Security that it should not be targeting undocumented immigrants who have strong ties to their communities and have abided by the law".

  • Larry Hoffman