Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Trump will allow 'dreamers' to stay in USA, reversing campaign promise

The Homeland Security news release also indicated that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program-which offers 750,000 immigrants brought to the country illegally as children the chance to attend school and to work-will remain in place for now.

Another Trump campaign promise was fulfilled, however, after his administration canceled a never-implemented program meant to protect parents of USA citizens from deportation.

On Thursday night, President Donald Trump's administration made a decision to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the New York Times reported. Rather than continue to defend it, the DHS formally rescinded the program.

"One was enjoined by the courts and the other one wasn't, so just house cleaning", Kelly said. In April, President Trump told the Associated Press (ITALICS) his administration is "not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals". Many arrived in the United States as small children and have little recollection of their birth countries.

Bortolleto said the DACA announcement "should in no way make people think that the administration is softening their stance".

"This is a big victory for Dreamers amid months of draconian and meanspirited immigration enforcement policy", said David Leopold, an immigration lawyer.

"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 Jonathan Hoffman, the assistant secretary for public affairs at the department.

Stein issued a similar statement on DACA, saying the program was just as legally questionable and hurtful to Americans as DAPA. "Already, we have seen many people contacting us, fearful that DACA is no longer in effect, once they hear the news that the DAPA memo was rescinded". Those moves had been tied up in the courts and never went into practice.

This document was meant to protect all immigrant parents of US citizens as well as other immigrants without necessary papers.

"We will immediately terminate President Obama's two illegal executive amnesties in which he defied federal law and the Constitution to give amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants", the President said in a major immigration speech on August 31, 2016.

"The rescinded policy also provided expanded work authorization for recipients under the DACA program for three years versus two years".

"While mouthing the Obama-esque platitudes about innocent children caught in the system, the administration keeps granting deferments based on a program President Trump said is unconstitutional and vowed to abolish", the group said.

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