Trump Won’t Take Action Against ‘Dreamers’ Protected Under DACA Program

The Trump administration will not take action against “Dreamers,” who are enrolled in an Obama-era program for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. The administration’s announcement late Thursday followed months of uncertainty about the fate of the program, which is known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. As a candidate, President Trump had promised to end the program. Many Dreamers are college students.

In addition, the Department of Homeland Security released a fact sheet on Thursday night about its decision to rescind a separate Obama-era policy, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. That program, known as DAPA, would have allowed immigrant parents of U.S. citizens, as well as permanent-resident children, to remain in the country for the time being. But it was blocked in the courts before it was carried out.

At the end of the department’s fact sheet on the DAPA program is an acknowledgment that the DACA program would “remain in effect.”

The department posted more details on its plan for the DACA program in a separate document with questions and answers about its actions.

“DACA recipients will continue to be eligible as outlined in the June 15, 2012, memorandum,” that document stated. “DACA recipients who were issued three-year extensions before the district court’s injunction will not be affected, and will be eligible to seek a two-year extension upon their expiration. No work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates.”

Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education, praised the Trump administration’s action on the DACA program in a written statement.

“Today’s decision lifts a cloud of uncertainty for hundreds of thousands of high-achieving and productive young people,” she said, “allowing them to continue to work, attend college, and otherwise contribute greatly to American society in countless ways for many years to come.”

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