Trump just revoked an Obama amnesty program for illegal aliens

Virginia Carter
June 19, 2017

The Trump administration has canceled a never-implemented Obama-era immigration program meant to protect parents of USA citizens from deportation, fulfilling one of President Donald Trump's campaign promises.

"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", Jonathan Hoffman, assistant secretary for public affairs at the department, told the New York Times. "DACA works, DACA helps our society and DACA helps people".

But DACA recipients, known as the "dreamers", may stay.

"Although this unconstitutional executive amnesty had been temporarily blocked by the courts, it threatened to issue 5 million new work permits to illegal aliens who would mostly compete with low-skilled American workers who still face double-digit unemployment rates and declining wages", said Chris Chmielenski, NumbersUSA director of content and activism. The program applies to children who were brought to the United States illegally.

Trump made his feelings on then-President Barack Obama's immigration efforts very clear while he was running for office.

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

Still, immigration activists worry the administration might eliminate the program.

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The Trump administration has ended an Obama-era policy that protected undocumented immigrants with children who are United States citizens or permanent residents, but will, at least for now, keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which offers protection for children brought to the country illegally. Thankfully, the executive order never went into effect, because of a lawsuit by 26 states and an injunction ultimately upheld by the Supreme Court past year. The attempt to grant amnesty, however, was legally stonewalled in the courts and never took off the ground.

DAPA "was immediately enjoined by the courts and it languished in limbo for two or three years, so my action yesterday was just a little housecleaning", Kelly said at a meeting in Miami with Latin American leaders on security in Central America.

"I don't think many had expectations that the program would survive and be implemented", Rivas said.

The protection program for parents, like the one for young immigrants, was created with a policy memo, not by legislation. Both programs required that participants meet certain conditions, including not having a history of serious crimes. He maintained a strongly anti-undocumented migrant stance during last year's election campaign, and said he would seek to have them deported.

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

The program applies to immigrants who have been in the US since 2007, were under age 16 when they arrived and were under 31 as of 2012.

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