Fate of program to protect young immigrants still undecided


Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the DAPA program was being rescinded because there was "no credible path forward" to litigate on the policy. Those are undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as small children also known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients.

The same memorandum rescinds another Obama-era policy, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) [materials], which was created to protect the immigrant parents of children who are U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status.

Francisco Rodriguez, a 43-year-old father of three US-born children, would have been eligible to remain in the United States under Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, the policy never fully implemented because of protracted legal wrangling. The reasons for reversing DAPA are also reasons for reversing DACA, but the administration apparently has no plans to end that program, or even to curtail it.

"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, the assistant secretary for public affairs at DHS.

"It's a day of mixed emotions", said Eugenio H. Villasante, spokesman for 32BJ SEIU, one of the largest unions representing immigrant workers in MA.

A source close to the administration said the disagreement on DACA, with Bannon and chief of staff Reince Priebus on one side and Miller and Sessions on the other side was a "pretty knock-down, drag-out fight" and that after Trump seemed to knock down Bannon in a New York Post interview which minimized his importance his stock has slowly risen.

"The thought that they would be deported to a country where they've never been, and don't have family, is horrifying", Miller-Wilson said.

"DACA recipients can not rest easily when our families are still in the cross hairs of deportation agents", said the group Mi Familia Vota.

Breitbart Texas covered the trial in South Texas in Judge Andrew Hanen where the judge not only blocked the order but had harsh words for Obama Administration lawyers. "What happens to our siblings who may not qualify or our parents or other members of our community who might still be in limbo?"

During the campaign, Trump vowed to roll back Obama executive orders, but after the election, he expressed sympathy for DACA recipients know as Dreamers.

"I am happy about this news and I think our community welcomes it, as well", he said.

Shortly after his inauguration, President Trump told ABC that DACA recipients "shouldn't be very anxious". Donald Trump's administration has announced that the so-called DREAMers - young people who were brought to this country illegally as children - will be allowed to stay and work here legally after all. The anti-immigrant NumbersUSA group has denounced the failure of the administration to axe DACA immediately as something of a betrayal. The Supreme Court deadlocked, 4-4, on a challenge to that ruling, but the Trump administration's decision officially ends the litigation. Since then, more than 780,000 young immigrants have been accepted, including around 23,500 people who live in New Jersey, according to the data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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

"DACA has always been a modest though generous holding ground for these students, who are still at risk and who still have no pathway to become legal permanent residents", he said.

Trump referred to unauthorized immigrants from Mexico as "bad hombres" during the campaign, when he promised to stop the flow of unauthorized immigrants. And our promise to you is that we will always strive to provide indispensable journalism to our community. Now, she says, she is helping parents and young people-you have to be at least 16-make a hard choice.

Kelly's memo in many ways maintains the immigration status quo, at least as far as DACA and DAPA are concerned.