US keeps effort to shield young immigrants from deportation

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In a memo Thursday night, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, would remain in effect, although a White House official told Reuters Friday that "no final determination has been made".

The Trump administration is continuing an Obama-era program shielding "Dreamers", the so-called undocumented immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children. She said Thursday's decision carried a muted impact because DAPA never went into effect in the first place. Rather than continue to defend it, the DHS formally rescinded the program. And that, sometimes, has been a bottleneck to how we think about immigration.

While Trump has not cleared the air on what he plans to do about the program but so far, most immigrants protected by the efforts have not been targeted.

The DACA program provides temporary deportation relief and work permits for those who were brought to the United States as children, have a clean record and undergo a background check. In a speech on immigration given in August 2016, Trump said, "We will immediately terminate President Obama's two illegal executive amnesties in which he defied federal law and the Constitution to give amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants". If you look at the history of immigration in this country, each successive wave, there have been periods where the folks who were already here suddenly say, "Well, I don't want those folks" - even though the only people who have the right to say that are some Native Americans.

Participants were to have been kept safe from deportation and provided with renewable work permits, but the program was blocked by a federal judge in Texas after 26 states sued.

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Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said the ongoing ambiguity of the administration's policies "continues to create fear and anxiety in immigration communities".

Cecilia Muñoz, the head of President Obama's domestic policy council, said "It is unfortunate that their status is still temporary, and their peace of mind not complete". "We are an asset and I think he's realizing that". DACA recipients, also called "dreamers", protects undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from being deported as long as they meet several requirements.

Trump has made immigration enforcement a top priority and has vowed to continue a crackdown on those living in USA illegally and those trying to sneak into the country.

Trump has made immigration enforcement a top priority and has vowed to continue a crackdown on those living in the US illegally and those trying to sneak into the country.

In an April interview with the Associated Press, Trump said those in the program could "rest easy" because "this is a case of heart".

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