Admin revokes blocked program to protect immigrant parents

REUTERS  Kevin Lamarque

REUTERS Kevin Lamarque

"The June 15, 2012 memorandum that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will remain in effect", the department said in a statement.

That is welcome news for about 70 undocumented students who received Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status and are enrolled in medical schools nationwide.

"Demonstrating its characteristic obtuseness with respect to civil rights history, the Trump administration chose the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Plyler v. Doe, a singular achievement for immigrants' rights, as the day to rescind the 2014 initiative of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), which would protect from removal millions of immigrant parents raising children in the USA", said Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF, a Latino civil rights organization. The rescinded memo was never implemented and is the subject of an ongoing federal court battle waged by Texas and other states that opposed Obama's program.

The White House says it continues to study DACA.

"This is a big victory for Dreamers amid months of draconian and mean-spirited immigration enforcement policy". DACA allows these young, undocumented immigrants to obtain work permits and drivers licenses, and protects them from deportation. They would have been kept safe from deportation and provided with renewable work permits.

"Many working class Americans voted for President Trump because of his promise to combat illegal immigration and secure U.S.jobs for American workers", he said.

Trump had earlier announced that his administration was framing a policy on how to deal with those covered under DACA and these people should not worry.

The program applies to undocumented immigrants who came to the USA under the age of 16 before June 15, 2012.

Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, the program to protect immigrant parents that was canceled on Thursday, was derailed last June, when the supreme court issued a split decision leaving in place a lower court ruling that blocked the program. "We are an asset and I think he's realizing that".

Asked repeatedly about his intentions for the program since he took office, the president has hinted that he would not try to deport the Dreamers.

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said the ongoing ambiguity of the administration's policies "continues to create fear and anxiety in immigration communities". Both programs required that participants meet certain conditions, including not having a criminal history.

By rescinding DAPA, the Trump administration has paved the way for more deportations.

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

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