Rep. Watson Coleman Statement on Administration Plans for DAPA, DACA

President Donald Trump will let immigrant children who were brought to the USA illegally but received protected status under an Obama administration program to remain in the country, stepping back from his campaign vow to deport so-called Dreamers.

Individuals who fall under the "Dreamer" designation, as defined by President Obama, are children of undocumented immigrants who came to the US not by their own choosing.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) says Trump's leaving DACA in place "undermines" other directives the president issued in an effort to crack down on illegal immigration.

The Trump administration on Thursday walked away from an Obama-era policy created to protect undocumented immigrants with children in the United States who are either permanent residents or US citizens.

It was never implemented after 26 states successfully sued in a Texas federal district court to block it.

Therefore, Kelly announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program also known as DACA would remain unaltered. However, on Friday afternoon, the Trump administration said a final decision on the sustenance of the program has not yet been reached.

Young undocumented immigrants - the so-called Dreamers - could breathe a little easier this week after President Donald Trump reversed his campaign pledge to end the program that has protected hundreds of thousands of them from deportation. At the same time, Trump accepted the Obama's 2012 order that offered USA citizenship to 800,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the country at an early age.

But the 2014 policy to protect from deportation an estimated 3.6 million undocumented parents of children born in the country, many of them established U.S. residents, is being rescinded, DHS said. A memorandum by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the DACA program "will remain in effect". "DACA that applies to students has not been changed", Kelly said. But as president, he has said his administration was devising a policy on how to deal with individuals covered by DACA. Meant to keep immigrant parents safe from deportation and provide them with work permits good for two years, it was blocked by a federal judge after 26 states filed a suit and challenged its legality. DACA has deferred deportations for people who entered the children, who were under the age of 31 before June 15, 2012. Since taking office, however, Trump has softened his tone on young undocumented immigrants, saying the administration was focused on deporting criminals.

  • Leroy Wright