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Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump to Allow Undocumented `Dreamer' Immigrants to Stay in US

Trump to Allow Undocumented `Dreamer' Immigrants to Stay in US

The Trump administration announced Thursday it would continue the Obama administration's policy allowing Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to country as young children, to remain in the United States.

Rescinding the policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, would anger those who have said President Donald Trump is already too tough on immigration enforcement.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ended the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program yesterday (June 15)-before undocumented parents had a chance to take advantage of it. That program stalled in court after the order was successfully challenged by Texas and 25 other states two years ago. Rather than continue to defend it, the DHS formally rescinded the program. At the same time, Trump accepted the Obama's 2012 order that offered US citizenship to 800,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the country at an early age.

DAPA would have affected as many as four million people by some estimates, those with US-born children who were in the country before 2010.

Trump has been inconsistent on his statements about DACA, which was established by President Obama in 2012, having decried it on the campaign as an "illegal executive amnesty" program.

Some civil rights groups criticized the timing of Kelly's announcement, which coincided with the anniversary of Plyler v. Doe, the 1982 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared children are entitled to receive a free public K-12 education in the United States regardless of their immigration status. By keeping open the possibility of ending DACA, though, he preserves his bargaining power - i.e., his ability, perhaps, to get something from Democrats in exchange for a final decision to retain DACA.

"DACA still exists and DAPA hasn't existed for a long time now", Langarica said.

After the news that the DACA program would remain in force broke out, reactions started pouring in from both sides of the#Immigration debate.

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 Department of Homeland Security announced that it would continue the Obama-era program meant to protect those immigrants from deportation and provide them with work permits so they can find legal employment.

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