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19 June 2017, 12:06 | Bernice Figueroa
The program which was announced by President Barack Obama in 2014 never took effect because it was blocked in federal court
US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly signed a memorandum on Thursday rescinding an Obama-era plan to spare some illegal immigrant parents of children who are lawful permanent residents from being deported, the department said in a statement. The Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program was announced by the Obama administration in 2014 but was blocked by a federal judge in Texas after 26 states challenged the programs legality in federal court.
In a memorandum released late Thursday night, the administration stated it would continue DACA, an Obama-era program that protects undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S.as children.
Now that Trump has chose to keep the program in place, many of his strongest supporters may be angered by the president's latest immigration decision.
On the fifth anniversary of one of former President Obama's signature immigration orders, the Trump administration ended the deferred deportation of undocumented parents of children who are American citizens or legal residents, McClatchy Newspapers reports.
Another Trump campaign promise was fulfilled, however, after his administration canceled a never-implemented program meant to protect parents of US citizens from deportation. He explained this decision through the official website of the department as a case that had "no credible path forward".
"They shouldn't be very anxious", Trump said of DACA recipients in a January ABC News interview.
The move comes amid a tough crackdown on illegal immigration ordered by President Donald Trump. At least one of DACA's recipients, also known as Dreamers, has been deported under Trump's administration:Juan Montes Bojorquez, 23. "No work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates", the fact sheet says.
Homeland Security's assistant secretary for public affairs, Jonathan Hoffman, the #Future of the DACA program continues to hang in the balance since it is still under review by the administration. "We're going to take care of everybody", Trump said during an interview with ABC.
Immigration lawyer David Leopold commented, "This is a big victory for Dreamers amid months of draconian and mean-spirited immigration enforcement policy".
"The rescission blocks much-needed deportation relief for our families, as they will be vulnerable to Trump's deportation machine", said Cesar Vargas, co-director of the Dream Action Coalition.
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