Trump to continue DACA, Obama's program for childhood arrivals

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 19, 2017

The Trump administration announced Thursday it would continue the Obama administration's policy allowing Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to country as young children, to remain in the United States.

Individuals who fall under the "Dreamer" designation, as defined by President Obama, are children of undocumented immigrants who came to the US not by their own choosing.

A group representing undocumented CT students Thursday recognized the Trump administration's decisions to leave in place a program protecting hundreds of thousands young immigrants from deportation but said without further action, undocumented immigrant communities remain at risk of deportation. DAPA was never fully implemented [DHS fact sheet] because "federal courts halted the policy".

DACA was created five years ago and, as of March 31, has protected 787,000 young immigrants, according to government data. The decision was noted at the bottom of an administration statement announcing the end of another Obama-era immigration program.

In an April interview with the Associated Press, Trump said those in the program could "rest easy" because "this is a case of heart".

Many DACA participants arrived in the United States as small children and have little recollection of their birth countries.

David Leopold, an immigration lawyer, praised the Administration's decision. The US Supreme Court let the lower court ruling stand previous year after a four-four tie vote.

President Trump's decision to reverse a campaign promise to repeal the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a relief for those children of undocumented immigrants.

Karen Menendez Coller the Executive Director of Centro Hispano of Dane County says all of the pushing from immigration rights groups may have led to what she calls a step in the right direction for the Trump administration.

However, Trump has seemed to reverse his stance on DACA, as The New York Times reported today (June 16).

"We will immediately terminate President Obama's two illegal executive amnesties, in which he defied federal law and the Constitution", Trump said during a campaign rally in Arizona.

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

The program has granted temporary work permits and reprieves from deportation to almost 800,000 people living in the US illegally.

The DACA program stipulates measures that would protect young immigrants while Congress considers wider immigration legislation that will be ringing about the desired changes to the DACA legislation.

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