Trump Administration Authorizes Short-Term Continuation of DACA Program


After the Supreme Court decision, DHS Secretary John Kelly said that "there is no credible path forward to litigate the now enjoined policy".

It allows certain people who entered the country as minors to gain a renewable, two-year period of deferred action from deportation along with eligibility for a work permit.

Angelica Salas of the Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights, or CHIRLA, said at the start of the Trump administration her organization opted to only help with renewals of DACA, rather than aide people through new applications out of concern that the program would be scrapped.

A Thursday night news release from DHS states, "the June 15, 2012 memorandum that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will remain in effect".

"The fact that the most radical president of our time made a decision to keep DACA shows that there's something there", said Palacios, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania past year with Tiffany Trump, the president's daughter. He says the White House may want to use the DACA program as a bargaining chip in negotiations with Congressional Democrats on a broader immigration reform package. "There has been no final determination made about the DACA program, which the president has stressed needs to be handled with compassion and with heart", said Jonathan Hoffman, assistant secretary for public affairs at the DHS, according to the New York Times.

"In a lot of cases, the workers are here, but they don't have the permission to work", he said. In part of keeping up the myth that his xenophobic crackdown is directed at "criminal aliens", however, Trump has occasionally expressed sympathy for those covered by DACA, referred to as "DREAMers". They say they could protect families.

"Regardless if you're undocumented or documented, these policies affect them, and politicians actually have a conversation with them", she said.

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"The last six months have been very uncertain for DACA recipients, from the reports of other DACA students being detained to not being sure if studying overseas is appropriate", she said. It was meant to keep the immigrant parents safe from deportation and provide them with a renewable work permit good for two years, but it was blocked by a federal judge in Texas after 26 states filed suit against the federal government and challenged the effort's legality.

"We've seen DACA eligible youth stalked and sent to detention camps, DACA youth get deported, and DACA youth get their protections revoked because of traffic violations", Codognolla said.

But moves on immigration by this administration deserve to be viewed skeptically.

DACA does not give young people residency status, but temporarily protects them from deportation and allows them to work legally. "Their announcement to keep DACA, while revoking DAPA and deporting family members is deceitful and is another effort to keep immigrant families uncomfortable about their place in America".

The DACA program stipulates measures that would protect young immigrants while Congress considers wider immigration legislation that will be ringing about the desired changes to the DACA legislation. The Supreme Court deadlocked, 4-4, on a challenge to that ruling, but the Trump administration's decision officially ends the litigation. United States District Judge Andrew S. Hanen, a right-wing, anti-immigrant judge appointed by President George W. Bush, issued a preliminary injunction against DAPA while the case wound its way through the courts. "We're going to work something out".

She continued: "The future of the DACA program continues to be under review with the administration".

Coffman said he was concerned about keeping families together and helping integrate those who are now here, while still working on tighter immigration restrictions, possibly implemented through a nationwide e-verify system. And the fact is, her parents took her here when she was one year old.