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The Trump Administration says "Adios" to DAPA but Keeps DACA alive


The Department of Homeland security just announced that Obama-era protections for dreamers will stay in place, saving them from deportation and helping them get the necessary work permits to live life in the United States above board.

That is welcome news for about 70 undocumented students who received Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status and are enrolled in medical schools nationwide.

The DHS said that it has rescinded a 2015 Obama-era memo that looked to expand the program to shield the undocumented parents of USA citizens and lawful permanent residents from deportation. That program never took effect after a Texas court blocked it.

"I'm grateful that President Trump has chose to keep the DACA program in place", Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), a leader in the fight to create DACA, said on the Senate floor Thursday.

"I am actually surprised, but we'll have to keep seeing what else he does I mean he still has three years to go", she said.

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.

Current participants will be eligible to seek a two-year extension and "no work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates", a fact sheet from the department indicated. "Indeed, DACA recipients continue to be arrested, detained, and deported under the President's deportation apparatus". When Obama rolled out the program, it drew praise from some educators and immigration advocates and criticism from Republicans in Congress who say the president overstepped his authority. As CNN notes, DACA applies to just three-quarters of a million people while DAPA reaches six times as many-effectively granting amnesty to over a third of the USA illegal immigrant population, and possibly more. It also would have expanded the number of undocumented immigrants who came here as children who could apply for DACA. Unlike under Obama, the Trump administration is arresting more undocumented immigrants with no criminal records and pursuing a wall on the southwestern border.

The Trump administration has officially rescinded President Obama's Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA.

That program, like the one for young immigrants, was created with a policy memo, not by legislation.

Some groups, which have condemned amnesty for immigrants who came to the USA illegally, called on Trump to carry through with his promises to end DACA.

"We commend the Trump administration for following through on its promise to formally end DAPA", said Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, in a statement.

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