Trump to Allow DREAMers to Stay - For Now

Cheryl Sanders
June 18, 2017

In a filing Thursday in federal district court in Texas, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that it is rescinding the Obama Administration's November 20, 2014, memorandum that ordered relaxed enforcement of immigration laws against certain categories of illegal immigrants.

But the government made clear it would continue to honor a sister program, known as "Dreamers", that allows people who entered the United States illegally as children to stay if they are in school or working.

But the decision to continue the DACA program comes as Trump chose to officially rescind its Obama-era extension, the "Deferred Action for Parents of Americans", which sought to shield as many as 5 million undocumented migrants from deportation.


Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly made the decision announced Thursday after consulting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions "because there is no credible path forward to litigate the now enjoined policy", according to a statement from the department. "The rescission blocks much-needed deportation relief for our families, as they will be vulnerable to Trump's deportation machine", said Cesar Vargas, co-director of the Dream Action Coalition.

The statement is a reversal of President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to deport those eligible for the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals order, which had its fifth anniversary Thursday. But, so far, most immigrants protected by the effort have not been targeted by stepped-up efforts to find and deport immigrants living in the country illegally.

"If confirmed, I would see my role to administer that program well, as it stands", he said.


According to The New York Times, the DACA program decision impacts about 800,000 people in the U.S. That program, protecting the immigrant parents of USA citizens, was never implemented. Arrests of immigrants inside the US have increased under the Trump administration, but deportations are slightly down as fewer people have been caught crossing the Mexican border into the United States illegally.

Stein issued a similar statement on DACA, saying the program was just as legally questionable and hurtful to Americans as DAPA. Conservatives have long criticized the policy, with 26 states suing, arguing President Obama overstepped his authority in enacting it. As president, however, Trump has expressed a more sympathetic view toward the Dreamers, and his administration never stopped processing renewal applications.


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