Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Congressman Thompson Statement on Administration Plans for DAPA, DACA


President Donald Trump had threatened to axe the Dreamers program, which would have put an estimated 1.7 million people, many of them undocumented students in U.S. schools, at risk of deportation.

One of Trump's signature campaign promises was that he would rescind both DAPA and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program if elected president.

While Trump will not terminate the DACA program, Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly announced he had rescinded a memo created during Obama's presidency, which protected parents of US citizens from deportation.

It was never implemented after 26 states successfully sued in a Texas federal district court to block it. Rather than continue to defend it, the DHS formally rescinded the program.

The immigration policy was first announced by former President Barack Obama back in the fall of 2014. In Friday's statement, Codognolla warned the decision doesn't herald Trump's administration turning a leaf over its immigration policies.

"One was enjoined by the courts and the other one wasn't, so just house cleaning", Kelly said. Since taking office, however, Trump has softened his tone on young undocumented immigrants, saying the administration was focused on deporting criminals. These are immigrants who arrived here before age 16, and in many cases much younger, and have not been convicted of multiple or serious crimes. But as president, he has said his administration was devising a policy on how to deal with individuals covered by DACA. Thus, those who strenuously object to DACA have a right to be upset, unless they took Trump "seriously", rather than "literally".

About a year ago, the Supreme Court deadlocked, 4-4 on a challenge to the Texas ruling.

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"The fact that Trump has not chose to remove DACA is a testament to the organizing that has been going on by immigrant groups", said Camila Bortolleto of Brookfield, who received DACA status in 2013.

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

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

As a candidate, Trump pledged to "immediately terminate President Obama's two illegal executive amnesties".

The announcement was made when similar Obama administration's program, Deferred Action for Parents of American was cancelled by the Trump administration.

More than 800,000 people living in the United States are affected by the DACA program.

While DACA doesn't offer a legal immigration status, a path to citizenship and or any permanent protections, it does provide approved immigrants with a valuable work permit good for two years at a time.

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