DACA Recipients Have Been Saved Temporarily, But Undocumented Parents Have Lost A Possible Lifeline
President Donald Trump spent some time on the campaign trial promising his supporters that he would do away with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immediately. DACA offers young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children some protection from deportations and gives them work permits so they can get legal employment. However, just a few months into his presidency, he has broken that promise, but not completely. According to The New York Times, the Trump administration has released memorandums saying that DACA will stay in place, for now. The New York Times also reports that the Trump administration says the long-term fate of DACA has not been settled and that DACA can still be revoked later on.
One thing that Trump has stuck to is getting rid of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). DAPA first showed up in 2014 as an Obama-signed executive order. The goal of DAPA was to allow for the parents of children born in the U.S. or those who have become lawful permanent residents to stay in the U.S. with some protections from deportation. Essentially, it would make sure that parents of children in the U.S. can’t be taken away from them, leaving them with no parents or guardians.
“On June 15, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, after consulting with the Attorney General, signed a memorandum rescinding the November 20, 2014 memorandum that created the program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) because there is no credible path forward to litigate the currently enjoined policy,” reads a memorandum from the Department of Homeland Security.
As mentioned earlier, the long-term fate of DACA is still unclear but for now, the Trump administration has confirmed it intends to honor all work permits issued to DACA recipients. Mitú will continue to follow this story as it develops throughout the Trump presidency.