Exactly five years after the Obama administration implemented the historic “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program (DACA) that granted deportation relief to nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, the Trump Administration late Thursday — in an apparent change of heart — announced it will keep the program, marking a significant victory for “Dreamers” nationwide.
Also in Thursday’s action, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly revoked the memo creating the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program (DAPA). The never-implemented program was created by President Barack Obama in 2014 to protect people living in the United States illegally who have children who are U.S. citizens or legal residents. They would have been kept safe from deportation and provided with renewable work permits, but the program was blocked by a federal judge in Texas after 26 states sued.
A fact-sheet posted on the department’s website says immigrants enrolled in the 2012 DACA program “will continue to be eligible” to renew every two years and notes that “no work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates.”
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