Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
National | By Miranda Cannon

DHS formally rolls back Obama's DAPA immigration program

The program would have provided them a renewable work permit.

The program, DAPA, was intended as a companion to the "Dream Act", or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which stalled deportation for foreign children who were brought into the country illegally and granted them two-year work permits. She said Thursday's decision carried a muted impact because DAPA never went into effect in the first place.

"I'm grateful that President Trump has chose to keep the DACA program in place", Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), a leader in the fight to create DACA, said on the Senate floor Thursday.

"This is a big victory for Dreamers amid months of draconian and mean-spirited immigration enforcement policy". These young people were beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which celebrated its fifth anniversary this week.

The program does not give them residency status, but temporarily protects them from deportation and allows them to work legally. Under DAPA, the Obama White House protected undocumented immigrants who had children of American citizenship.

This is welcome news for the young people directly affected by DACA. So she hoped that the Trump administration would keep protections for so-called "dreamers" like herself - those who came to the USA illegally as children, but have been given reprieves to stay.

"CT Students for a Dream is committed not only to the protection of DACA, but also to fighting mass deportation, militarization of our border, and other atrocious policies that aim to criminalize communities of color", Idrovo said. A federal judge in Texas blocked the move after 26 states sued on the grounds that the policy would create an illegal immigration loophole.

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The Trump administration is taking fire from the Right and the Left for its immigration actions last night. "I appreciate the commitment and intend to hold them to it". Kelly formally revoked the policy memo that created the program, which mirrored an earlier effort to protect young immigrants in the country illegally from deportation on June 15. Both programs required that participants meet certain conditions, including not having a history of serious crimes.

Continuing it would be unpopular with many of his supporters.

The Trump administration will continue to allow reprieve for immigrants who illegally entered the children.

The DACA program will remain in place, the statement read.

Some groups, which have condemned amnesty for immigrants who came to the US illegally, called on Trump to carry through with his promises to end DACA.

In a Morning Consult survey from late April, nearly 4 in 5 (78 percent) registered voters said the Dreamers should be allowed to stay in the country, with more than half (56 percent) expressing support for eventual citizenship.

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