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DHS formally rolls back Obama's DAPA immigration program

19 June 2017, 06:04 | Myron Mathis

As a candidate, Trump pledged to "immediately terminate" both programs - what he called "President Obama's two illegal executive amnesties".

This reflects the administration's shift to harsher immigration raids that have separated parents from their children, prompting some city officials to declare themselves "sanctuary cities" for undocumented people in opposition to President Trump's draconian immigration policies.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly characterized the move Friday as "house cleaning".

"It's a benefit to America to keep DACA", she continued. Many attended American schools from the time they were in kindergarten. "They become part of American society". Immigration activists initially celebrated the milestone but then backpedaled after the administration clarified that the program protecting young undocumented immigrants could still be shut down at some point. The program allows them to legally work in the U.S. for two years without fear of deportation under a number of conditions.

The program, DAPA, was intended as a companion to the "Dream Act", or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which stalled deportation for foreign children who were brought into the country illegally and granted them two-year work permits.

Fulfilling one of the key campaign promises of President Donald Trump, US Homeland Secretary John Kelly signed a memorandum on Thursday revoking an Obama-era plan that meant to protect some illegal immigrant of parents of children who are lawful permanent residents from being deported.

After the Obama administration announced it, 26 states successfully sued in a Texas federal district court to block the program.

But the announcement, which DHS said was supported by the Justice Department, made no suggestion of a replacement policy in the works, leaving those potentially protected by DAPA again at risk of deportation. However, the program never was fully implemented.

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

"Immigrants make our communities stronger, and they shouldn't have to constantly look over their shoulders in fear", said David McGuire, executive director of the ACLU of CT. The announcement is bittersweet for many undocumented families because it means that while some young people can continue to remain in the US, their parents are not offered the same protection.

Trump has made immigration enforcement a top priority and has vowed to continue a crackdown on those living in US illegally and those trying to sneak into the country. However, deportations have slightly gone down as less number of people has been caught crossing the Mexican border illegally. Since taking office, however, Trump has softened his tone on young undocumented immigrants, saying the administration was focused on deporting criminals.

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