Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Ends DAPA Program

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Trump administration is formally revoking an Obama-era program intended to protect immigrant parents of U.S. citizens and legal

But the policy guidance made clear that DHS would continue to honor DAPA's sister program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

The Obama-era program to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children will continue, the Department of Homeland Security announced.

President Trump won't cut off work permits for Dreamers, immigrants brought to the U.S.as children who have registered with the government, the administration announced late Thursday night.

In a week of governmental efforts to slow immigration flows down, the Trump administration has formally stopped the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program from taking root. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers an immigration policy speech during a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center.

"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. On the short list of good things President Trump has done, this relief provided to young, hard-working immigrants is first and foremost. Such legislation has not materialized.

Some groups, which have condemned amnesty for immigrants who came to the US illegally, called on Trump to carry through with his promises to end DACA. Arrests of immigrants inside the USA have increased under the Trump administration, but deportations are slightly down as fewer people have been caught crossing the Mexican border into the United States illegally. But despite all the bluster, Trump seems to have recognized the logistical and optical nightmare that would ensue if DACA were outright revoked.

After his election Trump changed his tone, saying in February that "we are going to try to take care of the Dreamers" and in April that Dreamers should "rest easy".

At the same time that it pulled the plug on DAPA, the Trump administration reportedly left a similar immigration program untouched. DACA protects roughly 750,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and know no other home, but DAPA would have extended the protections to parents and potentially 5 million more people, according to estimates.

"Right now it's OK, but what can happen in the future?" Lenka's 11-year old daughter echoed her mother's concerns, adding, "If I'm on a bus, I don't know if she'll be home [when I return]... this is my country too". Trump had previously signaled there would be little change to US policy on the program, pledging in December to "work something out". His move to do so was largely symbolic.

The press announcement also observed that before DACA had even been implemented, it had received significant pushback from a majority of the states with approval of the federal court system.

During the campaign, Mr. Trump repeatedly agreed with that sentiment.

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