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Trump Administration Revokes Obama-Era Immigration Program Protecting Immigrant Parents

19 June 2017

An Obama-era immigration programme meant to protect parents of U.S. citizens and legal residents from deportation has been formally cancelled, fulfilling a key campaign promise from President Donald Trump, the Homeland Security Department announced on Friday.

I don't think we have commented yet on President Trump's decision to continue, for now, President Obama's amnesty program (known as DACA) for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as small children.

President Donald Trump will let immigrant children who were brought to the US illegally but received protected status under an Obama administration program to remain in the country, stepping back from his campaign vow to deport so-called Dreamers.

A lawsuit filed by Kansas and 25 other states led to the Trump administration's action yesterday to rescind an Obama executive action on illegal immigration, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. DHS Secretary John Kelly explained the move saying "there is no credible path forward to litigate the now enjoined policy".

In 2015, Mr. Obama proposed an expansion of the program, called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, which could have shielded as many as five million people from deportation and provided work permits to them as well.

Stein issued a similar statement on DACA, saying the program was just as legally questionable and hurtful to Americans as DAPA. Enrollees are granted legal status and work permits, renewable every two years. "No work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates", the guidance reads.

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"DACA, at the end of the day, is still an executive order", she said.

Nevertheless, immigrant rights activists said that Trump's aggressive new deportation policies continue apace, including against people with no criminal records.

Trump has hinted he would not try to deport DACA recipients. Many humanitarian agencies have expressed strong concerns when the USA government rejects undocumented parents from staying in the US and, yet, permits their children to remain.

Former President Barack Obama meets with then-President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House.

The same night, however, the administration canceled a never-enacted policy that would protect undocumented parents of US citizens from deportation. He believes the administration said it would "remain in effect" only to clarify that the program, unlike the one for immigrant parents, was at this time not being acted upon by the administration.

Trump Administration Revokes Obama-Era Immigration Program Protecting Immigrant Parents