Fate of 'dreamers' in the USA remains uncertain

The same memorandum rescinds another Obama-era policy, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) [materials], which was created to protect the immigrant parents of children who are U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status.

Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), said, "While the Trump administration's decision to rescind DAPA isn't surprising given its erratic and misguided approach to immigration enforcement, it is nonetheless disappointing to see DHS continue to pursue policies that are clearly intent on trying to frighten immigrants rather than undertake policies that recognize that those parents who would have benefitted from DAPA are helping to raise the next generation of Americans". Yet as president, he repeatedly expressed empathy with the young participants in the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. "We hope President Trump now will keep his entire promise by ordering an end to the Obama Administration's other unconstitutional amnesty, the DACA program, which continues to issues new work permits to those here illegally". "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, assistant secretary for public affairs at the DHS, according to the New York Times.

In a statement late on Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security said it was rescinding a 2014 policy to shield from deportation an estimated 3.6 million people.

The Trump administration is canceling an Obama-era policy allowing millions of undocumented parents of US-born children to stay in the country, but leaving intact a separate scheme protecting young immigrants.

"But my future is still in their hands and undecided", she said. "This calls into question the legitimacy of DACA as well", he said. "DACA that applies to students has not been changed", Kelly said.

Anti-immigration advocates, however, were also partially upset by the decision.

Glenwood Springs immigration attorney Jennifer Smith described the decision as "a really positive step" for both the community and economy by allowing young people to graduate, work and open small businesses. But around the same time, Vox published a leaked draft executive order in which the president proposed to end the DACA program and block the renewal of work permits for existing recipients once they expired.

Since 2012, the program has protected more than 770,000 young immigrants from deportation, including 41,800 people in IL.

However, the program remained in legal limbo after several states sued the government, saying that Obama had overstepped his constitutional authority and was illegally implementing "back-door amnesty". Arrests of immigrants inside the USA have increased under the Trump administration, but deportations are slightly down as fewer people have been caught crossing the Mexican border into the United States illegally. A federal judge in Texas put a halt to the program in February 2015. In an Associated Press interview in April, he said his administration is "not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals" and that "The dreamers should rest easy".

Trump's vows since taking office to crack down on those living in the USA illegally further concerns her.

  • Zachary Reyes