Trump Allows DACA Program To Continue
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 10:15
The DACA program effects some 800,000 people in the USA, shielding them from deportation and providing them with work permits so they can find legal employment.
While Trump will not terminate the DACA program, Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly announced he had rescinded a memo created during Obama's presidency, which protected parents of US citizens from deportation.
The Trump administration late Thursday announced that it has formally reversed part of President Obama's immigration actions from 2014. Kelly made the announcement of the revocation of the memo in a statement Thursday, which said the Obama memo was revoked because "there is no credible path forward to litigate the now enjoined policy".
As with DACA, Trump had promised to end the program affecting parents of USA citizens and residents.
This reflects the administration's shift to harsher immigration raids that have separated parents from their children, prompting some city officials to declare themselves "sanctuary cities" for undocumented people in opposition to President Trump's draconian immigration policies.
The DACA program allows around 800,000 young people to live in the nation without fear of deportation.
Whether or not DACA remains intact, the program affects roughly 800,000 illegal immigrants that are now in the United States.
Chmielenski said that by the Trump administration ending the DAPA amnesty program, American workers have been spared having to compete with more immigrants in a scarce American job market.
The move comes amid a tough crackdown on illegal immigration ordered by President Donald Trump.
Since assuming office, President Trump has expressed dismay for the beneficiaries of the program, describing them as day dreamers, who could not remember living anywhere else except the United States.
The same night, however, the administration canceled a never-enacted policy that would protect undocumented parents of US citizens from deportation.