The following is an excerpt from Steve Benen | June 19, 2017 | MSNBC.com |
The fate of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy has been unclear for months. As a candidate, Donald Trump said the programs’ beneficiaries – children, known as “Dreamers,” who entered the country illegally at a young age – would be subject to deportations, but as president, Trump said the kids could “rest easy.”
Soon after Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asked about these young immigrants’ fate, said, “Well, we’ll see. I believe that everyone who enters the country illegally is subject to being deported.”
Friday brought some clarity to the issue: the White House announced that while President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) is no more, DACA would remain in place. In effect, young people who benefited from Obama’s policies don’t have to worry about deportation, and they can continue to receive work permits, but their parents may yet have a problem.
And at first, the continuation of the status quo – DAPA was blocked in the courts – seemed largely encouraging for Dreamers and their allies. But the details matter: these young immigrants aren’t in the clear yet. The New York Times reported:
President Trump will not immediately eliminate protections for the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children, according to new memorandums issued by the administration on Thursday night.
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