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Homeland Security: 'Dreamers' can remain in US

19 Juin 2017

DACA protects roughly 750,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children and know no other home, but DAPA would have extended the protections to parents and potentially 5 million more people, according to estimates.

Now that Trump has chose to keep the program in place, many of his strongest supporters may be angered by the president's latest immigration decision.

On the fifth anniversary of one of former President Barack Obama's signature immigration orders, the Trump administration rescinded a major piece of the policy, ending the deferred deportation of undocumented parents of children who are American citizens or legal residents. The protection can be revoked at any time, and some young immigrants have lost DACA protections after being arrested for crimes.

The protection program for parents, like the one for young immigrants, was created with a policy memo during the Obama administration.

The department made the announcement quietly on Thursday night, at the bottom of a fact sheet addressing a different but similar program, which was posted to its website. "We're going to take care of everybody", Trump said during an interview with ABC.

She continued: "The future of the DACA program continues to be under review with the administration".

David Leopold, a lawyer and immigration rights activist, said that Trump's campaign reversal was a victory for "Dreamers". Kelly wrote that he chose to withdraw the Obama policy after considering "a number of factors, including the preliminary injunction in this matter, the ongoing litigation, the fact that [the Obama memorandum] never took effect, and our new immigration enforcement priorities".

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The DAPA would have guaranteed protection for immigrant parents of United States citizens if the court hadn't blocked its implementation.

DACA has been the greatest exception to Trump's tough approach on immigration.

"There has been no final determination made about the DACA program, which the president has stressed needs to be handled with compassion and with heart", said the Department of Homeland Security's assistant secretary for public affairs, Jonathan Hoffman.

"The rescinded policy also provided expanded work authorization for recipients under the DACA program for three years versus two years".

That program, protecting the immigrant parents of US citizens, was never implemented.

Numerous 800,000 immigrants protected by the DACA program did not know that they were in the country illegally, and many reportedly attended American schools from a young age.