DHS formally rolls back Obama’s DAPA immigration program

The June 15, 2012 memorandum that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will remain in effect.But the 2014 policy to protect from deportation an estimated 3.6 million undocumented parents of children born in the country, many of them established USA residents, is being rescinded, DHS said.DACA was meant to be a stopgap measure to protect young immigrants while Congress worked on a broader immigration overhaul.Senator Tom Carper, D-Del., said keeping DACA in place was “common decency” and expressed relief that the dreamers “now have the certainty they deserve”.Bortolleto said the DACA announcement “should in no way make people think that the administration is softening their stance”. But as president, he has said his administration was devising a policy on how to deal with individuals covered by DACA.”I think what we are seeing is contradictions”, Corbett said.During his presidential campaign, Trump made multiple pledges to deport undocumented immigrants living in the United States.But raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have caught up many people with minor legal violations and families who have lived in the country for decades.The immigration attorney explained in more detail that the goal of the program was to keep immigrant parents safe from deportation while also offering them a renewable, two-year work permit. Many humanitarian agencies have expressed strong concerns when the US government rejects undocumented parents from staying in the USA and, yet, permits their children to remain.During his campaign, Trump denounced the program by describing it as an illegal amnesty and vowed to withdraw it as soon has he assumes office.The program does not, however, provide them citizenship and they must renew their DACA status every two years and prove they are in good legal standing. DAPA would have benefited about 5 million people in the US but was never actually implemented under the Obama administration due to a legal challenge launched by Texas and 25 other states against President Obama. Republicans decried the effort at “backdoor amnesty” and argued that Obama overstepped his authority by protecting a specific class of immigrants living in the United States illegally. Both programs required that participants meet certain conditions, including not having a criminal history. In 2015, Obama tried to expand the program to include the illegal immigrant parents of US citizens, which would have granted up to 5 million people.