Immigration attorney weighs in on DAPA rollback

Andrew Cummings
June 18, 2017

The Homeland Security Department announced on Thursday that it was formally rescinding an Obama-era program meant to allow certain undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States.

Despite repeatedly making a campaign pledge to fully reverse executive actions on immigration from the Obama Administration, President Donald Trump has so far left in place one controversial plan from his predecessor, which allows young people - known as immigrant "Dreamers" - who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents to stay here, without the threat of deportation.

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.

"The future of the DACA program continues to be under review with the administration", Jonathan Hoffman, an assistant secretary for public affairs at Homeland Security, said in a statement. The policy never went into effect because federal courts put it on hold.The head of the Department of Homeland Security, John Kelly, said on Friday that the agency only rescinded the policy that had faced legal challenges. The administration's decision late Thursday grants newfound hope to Dreamers - young people brought to the US illegally as children - who say their academic achievements and their potential to greatly contribute to the USA economy should be grounds for them to stay.

DACA has been the greatest exception to Trump's tough approach on immigration. He added that while only Congress can decide the fate of these immigrants, Trump has said the issue needs to be handled "with compassion and with heart".

She said dreamers - for now - must re-apply every two years to remain legal.

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.

"We're making sure that only those deserving immigrants are on the program right?"

Immigration patriots say that are "thrilled" by the major immigration decision.

"DACA recipients can not rest easily when our families are still in the cross hairs of deportation agents", said the group Mi Familia Vota. But around the same time, Vox published a leaked draft executive order in which the president proposed to end the DACA program and block the renewal of work permits for existing recipients once they expired.

However, the program remained in legal limbo after several states sued the government, saying that Obama had overstepped his constitutional authority and was illegally implementing "back-door amnesty".

Trump has made immigration enforcement a top priority and has vowed to continue a crackdown on those living in the US illegally and those trying to sneak into the country.

"We will not let President Trump rip apart families, and we will continue to fight for the 11 million undocumented families until we secure permanent legislative relief", he said in a statement.

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