Admin revokes blocked program to protect immigrant parents

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The decision however does not affect another Obama-era memorandum known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

Whether or not DACA remains intact, the program affects roughly 800,000 illegal immigrants that are now in the United States.

"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 the Department of Homeland Security's assistant secretary for public affairs, Jonathan Hoffman.

After he was elected president, Trump signaled potential flexibility on the Dreamers program, despite his continuous incendiary rhetoric attacking immigrants on the campaign trail. Without the protection for parents of American citizens, immigration officials can deport undocumented immigrants in a way that would split families apart. "The fact is that most of our community is still living in fear because of the draconian immigration policies of this administration".

The DHS said that it has rescinded a 2015 Obama-era memo that looked to expand the program to shield the undocumented parents of US citizens and lawful permanent residents from deportation. On the short list of good things President Trump has done, this relief provided to young, hard-working immigrants is first and foremost.

The program -Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) - announced by President Barack Obama in 2014 never came into effect as it was blocked in the federal court. Kelly said in a statement that "there was no credible path forward to litigate" the policy.

"The ACLU " s CT branch welcomed the administration's new stance on DACA, and pledged to keep fighting so that those affected by DAPA can stay in the country as well. It's a symbolic gesture that he won't defend undocumented adults.

And on China's currency practices, roughly half (49 percent) of Trump voters initially said the US should label the Asian country a currency manipulator. "And that's disappointing", said Grimaldo.

"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.

Incidents like that lead Grimaldo to worry about future Trump actions. But Trump has repeatedly said he does not want to see the Dreamers deported, and other advisers have urged them to leave DACA in place. "That's a great deal of information on record", Grimaldo, "my concern is if it could be used against their parents". "This calls into question the legitimacy of DACA as well", he said.

Anti-immigration advocates, however, were also partially upset by the decision. "Instead of deporting as numerous 11 million undocumented immigrants as possible and breaking apart millions of families, we should change the law to deal fairly with those people who are here now with longstanding ties to our country".

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