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Trump scraps Obama-era program protecting undocumented parents

Despite campaign pledges to the contrary, the Trump administration signaled Friday that it is keeping in place Obama-era protections for so-called “Dreamers” – immigrants who were brought to the us illegally as children.DAPA affected certain undocumented immigrants who are the parents of children who are US citizens or legal residents.The Trump administration is leaving in place a program protecting hundreds of thousands young immigrants from deportation – one that President Donald Trump had pledged to eliminate.In a filing Thursday in federal district court in Texas, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that it is rescinding the Obama Administration’s November 20, 2014, memorandum that ordered relaxed enforcement of immigration laws against certain categories of illegal immigrants. However, it remained in the throes of litigation after 26 states (following Texas’ lead) argued that Obama didn’t have the authority to implement such policy. They would have been kept safe from deportation and provided with renewable work permits. This was a surprise to many, as President Trump promised during the campaign to “immediately terminate” protections for Dreamers, people brought to the US illegally by their parents before turning 16, according to US News & World Report. 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.Bortolleto said the DACA announcement “should in no way make people think that the administration is softening their stance”.The DHS announced Thursday that the memorandum creating DACA “will remain in effect” and DACA enrollees “will continue to be eligible” to renew work permits.Community organizers for CT Students for a Dream and undocumented immigrant Anghy Idrovo said in the statement that others like him who do not qualify for DACA will continue living in fear of deportation.The protection program for parents, like the one for young immigrants, was created with a policy memo, not by legislation. The Supreme Court, on a 4-4 tie, upheld the case a year ago.Since assuming office, President Trump has expressed dismay for the beneficiaries of the program, describing them as day dreamers, who could not remember living anywhere else except the United States.The Trump administration will continue to allow reprieve for immigrants who illegally entered the U.S.as children. The President has been tough on illegal immigrants, but seems to be calming his nerves due to pressure from a prominent business mogul who sees immigrants as the backbone of the nation’s economy.