Trump ends Obama policy protecting undocumented immigrant families

Violet Powell
June 19, 2017

On the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program Thursday, the Trump administration formally revoked an Obama-era program meant to protect parents of US citizens and legal residents who were in the country illegally.

President Trump won't cut off work permits for Dreamers, immigrants brought to the U.S.as children who have registered with the government, the administration announced late Thursday night.

"I'm grateful that President Trump has made a decision 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.

On the fifth anniversary of one of former President Obama's signature immigration orders, the Trump administration ended the deferred deportation of undocumented parents of children who are American citizens or legal residents, McClatchy Newspapers reports. That program deferred deportation actions against undocumented children, known as Dreamers, and extended work authorization permits for DACA-eligible recipients from two to three years. The Supreme Court tied 4-4 on a challenge to that ruling, and Kelly on Thursday rescinded the program, saying it no longer has a "credible path forward" in court.

The mixed signals reflect the political sensitivities behind the Obama administration program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The president had assured that he would crackdown at those living in the country illegally. They would have been kept safe from deportation and provided with renewable work permits.

Karen Menendez Coller the Executive Director of Centro Hispano of Dane County says all of the pushing from immigration rights groups may have led to what she calls a step in the right direction for the Trump administration.

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Trump vowed during his presidential campaign to terminate the program, which he said Barack Obama created as an illegal act of amnesty.

According to The New York Times, the DACA program decision impacts about 800,000 people in the U.S.

In an April interview with the Associated Press, Trump said those in the program could "rest easy" because "this is a case of heart". In Friday's statement, Codognolla warned the decision doesn't herald Trump's administration turning a leaf over its immigration policies.

Bortolleto said the DACA announcement "should in no way make people think that the administration is softening their stance".

The DAPA program, like the one for young immigrants, was created with a policy memo, not by legislation. A Texas court blocked it at the request of a coalition of 26 state attorneys general.

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