Effort to shield some from deportation stays

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The mixed signals reflect the political sensitivities behind the Obama administration program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

Revoking the memo and ending the stalled program fulfill a key campaign promise by Trump, who pledged to "immediately" cancel both efforts. But his administration has continued to receive applications and renewal requests and grant work visas to eligible individuals since he took office in January. DACA protects roughly 750,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the USA 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.

The Homeland Security Department said Thursday that the program would "remain in effect".

While dreamers scored a win with the president latest decision, DAPA, a program to extende the same protection to parents have been eliminated by the adminsitration. Thankfully, the executive order never went into effect, because of a lawsuit by 26 states and an injunction ultimately upheld by the Supreme Court previous year. "My action yesterday was just a little housecleaning", he said. "DACA has not changed". As of March 31, about 787,000 young immigrants have been approved for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to government data.

Given President Donald Trump's opposition to the program, the Department of Homeland Security formally rescinded the policy rather than continue to defend it in court Thursday.

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Numerous 800,000 immigrants protected by the DACA program did not know that they were in the country illegally, and many reportedly attended American schools from a young age. Such legislation has not materialized. Meant to keep immigrant parents safe from deportation and provide them with work permits good for two years, it was blocked by a federal judge after 26 states filed a suit and challenged its legality. The protections are revocable at any time if an immigrant runs afoul of the law or becomes a threat to public safety or national security.

Trump has made immigration enforcement a top priority and has vowed to continue a crackdown on those living in the US illegally and those trying to sneak into the country. "The preservation of DACA is a tribute to the strength of the Dreamer movement and an acknowledgment - at least in part - by the Department of Homeland Security that it should not be targeting undocumented immigrants who have strong ties to their communities and have abided by the law".

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., said keeping DACA in place was "common decency" and expressed relief that the dreamers "now have the certainty they deserve". "That is truly on Trump and he needs to do it", she said.

"We hope President Trump now will keep his entire promise by ordering an end to the Obama Administration's other unconstitutional amnesty, the DACA program, which continues to issues new work permits to those here illegally". His move to do so was largely symbolic.

Still, it gave Trump a chance to claim he was following through on one campaign pledge, even as he wasn't delivering on another. President Obama's justifications for his orders were always laughable: There is no Congressional Inaction Clause in the Constitution under which the president can unilaterally enact laws that the Congress won't, and this was never an act of "prosecutorial discretion"; these were attempts to waive the immigration laws for broad categories of people, and that's precisely how immigration officials interpreted them. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

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