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Obama-era program to protect immigrant parents formally cancelled

Obama-era program to protect immigrant parents formally cancelled

(The document is no longer available on Trump's website.) Weeks before the election, Trump released a Contract with the American Voter, his version of a first 100 days plan, in which he pledged to rescind DACA and DAPA, which he maintained were "unconstitutional executive action [s] ... issued by President Obama".

While Trump will not terminate the DACA program, Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly announced he had rescinded a memo created during Obama's presidency, which protected parents of USA citizens from deportation.

DAPA was blocked by the courts from implementation, which the Department of Homeland Security cited as a reason for rescinding the program.

The mixed signals reflect the political sensitivities behind the Obama administration program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

Kelly did not respond to a question about what reassurances DACA recipients have that their status won't be changed on a moment's notice.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which hours before the DHS announcement Thursday had requested clarification from the agency on DACA-related policy, on Friday accused the administration of sowing "fear and anxiety" in immigrant communities with its policies. But one group was able to exhale a small sigh of relief today - the so-called "dreamers", the children of undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children. "This announcement highlights the clear moral and economic imperative that our leaders have to protect DACA". "DACA is a very, very hard subject for me", Trump said in February. She cited testimony by Thomas Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, before a congressional committee earlier this week.

"We've seen DACA eligible youth stalked and sent to detention camps, DACA youth get deported, and DACA youth get their protections revoked because of traffic violations", Codognolla said. The Department of Homeland Security is continuing to grant new work permits to applicants, despite the president's promise during the campaign that he would "immediately terminate" DACA, since it was in violation of federal law.

Upon taking office in January, Trump has been coy as to whether he would seek to remove "dreamers" from the U.S. The revocation came on the fifth anniversary of another effort that has protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

The same statement announced a cancellation of executive branch efforts, begun under Barack Obama, to protect the immigrant parents of children who are United States citizens or have permanent resident status.

But he's taken a softer line on the program affecting young immigrants, who are sometimes referred to as "Dreamers".

Advocates argued, and the Obama administration agreed, that these individuals, while technically existing illegally in the nation, did so not by their own choice. "Immigrant youth will continue to fight to protect the victories we've won and keep organizing until we win". I work, I go to school, and I drive around. The Trump administration know where DACA enrollees live, said Grimaldo. Both programs required that participants meet certain conditions, including not having a criminal history. However, deportations have slightly gone down as less number of people has been caught crossing the Mexican border illegally.