US keeps effort to shield young immigrants from deportation

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was put in place by the Obama administration in 2012, and was created to shield people who had been brought to the US illegally as children from deportation.

The Trump administration has officially ended an Obama-era effort to give the undocumented parents of USA citizens and permanent residents temporary reprieve from deportation and allow them to work legally.

The program -Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) - announced by President Barack Obama in 2014 never came into effect as it was blocked in the federal court.

"The future of the DACA program continues to be under review with the administration", Jonathan Hoffman, an assistant secretary for public affairs at Homeland Security, said in a statement. "DACA needs to be ended", said Rosemary Jenks, the head of government relations for NumbersUSA, a group that advocates for lower immigration levels. That's the program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation. "No work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates", the fact sheet says. The White House continues to study DACA. "DACA works, DACA helps our society and DACA helps people".

Numerous 800,000 immigrants protected by the DACA program did not know that they were in the country illegally, and many reportedly attended American schools from a young age.

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President Donald Trump will no longer seek the immediate removal of individuals who came to the US illegally as children, his Department of Homeland Security confirmed late Thursday night.

Trump and his administration have signaled since early in his presidency that DACA cases would likely be exempted from his crackdown on undocumented immigrants, but this is the first concrete sign they'll follow through on that. DACA protects roughly 750,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the USA illegally as children and know no other home, but DAPA would have extended the protections to parents and potentially 5 million more people, according to estimates. Both programs required that participants meet certain conditions, including not having a history of serious crimes. "I think this year they had an opportunity to really stand against the rhetoric that we're seeing at the national level and to not only prevent the rights of immigrants being taken away, but they had an opportunity to advance us forward".

The Trump administration will continue to allow reprieve for immigrants who illegally entered the children. As of 2012, the DACA program has shielded 750,000 children from deportation.

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.

  • Sidney Guerrero