Trump Will Continue the DREAMer Program Protecting Undocumented Teens
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 9:35
The Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that it is keeping a 2012 policy in place that allows undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children to remain in the country, known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The Trump administration has canceled a never-implemented Obama-era immigration program meant to protect parents of USA citizens from deportation, fulfilling one of President Donald Trump's campaign promises.
Thursday's announcement that the Trump administration was rescinding the policy means the administration will no longer defend the policy in court, stating in a press release that "there is no credible path forward to litigate the now enjoined policy". That program stalled in court after the order was successfully challenged by Texas and 25 other states two years ago.
"DAPA and DACA are two different programs", a spokeswoman for DHS said.
DACA's five-year anniversary came this week, and Bennet said in a tweet that some 17,000 have signed up for the program in the state and more than 780,000 across the nation.
"This is a big victory for Dreamers amid months of draconian and mean-spirited immigration enforcement policy", said immigration lawyer David Leopold.
President Donald Trump will no longer seek the immediate removal of individuals who came to the USA illegally as children, his Department of Homeland Security confirmed late Thursday night.
Since taking office, Trump has expressed empathy for the participants.
President Trump promised during the 2016 election campaign to eliminate DACA, but White House officials were quick to point out Friday that the decision to uphold DACA is not a guarantee that the program will exist in the future.
According to the press release by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, DACA will remain in effect. Continuing it would be unpopular with many of his supporters.
The DACA program impacts around 800,000 young immigrants in the United States. "Already, we have seen many people contacting us, fearful that DACA is no longer in effect, once they hear the news that the DAPA memo was rescinded".