‘Dreamers’ to Stay

Trump decides to extend Obama’s order providing amnesty to illegal immigrants brought to the US as childen.

President Trump has officially reversed his campaign pledge to deport the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children.

The Department of Homeland Security announced late Thursday night that it would continue the Obama-era program intended to protect those immigrants from deportation and provide them work permits so they can find legal employment.

A fact sheet posted on the department’s website says immigrants enrolled in the 2012 program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, “will continue to be eligible” to renew every two years and notes that “no work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates.”

Immigration rights activists, who have fiercely battled Mr. Trump’s travel ban and increased enforcement of other immigration laws, hailed the decision.

Frankly, I don’t think he had much choice. Deporting these people would have been difficult for his administration. As I said many times in the past, the Dreamers would never be deported.

More at the NYT.

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4 Responses to ‘Dreamers’ to Stay

  1. R.D. Walker says:

    Dreamers’ parents, however, can now be deported.

    The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday rescinded an Obama-era immigration policy that had allowed for deferred action for parents of Americans and lawful permanent residents, which was known as DAPA.

    DHS Secretary John Kelly signed a memo on Thursday directing his employees not to carry out an instruction his predecessor, Jeh Johnson, had put in writing in November 2014 that sought to extend a 2012 program aimed at the illegal immigrant community.

    Kelly made the decision to revoke the policy because “there is no credible path forward to litigate the currently enjoined policy” due to its current entanglement in the courts, his office said in a statement.

    The 2014 Johnson memos had been intended as extensions of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the 2012 policy that permitted illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. as minors to receive a two-year period of deferred action and work permit. DACA permits would last two years and could be renewed if the individual remained in good legal standing. The program also allowed recipients to become eligible for state-managed public benefits.

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    You know, I think the NYT is, once again, full of shit. My recollection is that Trump was always pretty soft on Dreamers and pretty much telegraphed that he would deport them. If that is the case, this isn’t a broken campaign promise at all.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      That said, this is still more of Obama’s executive order around prosecutorial discretion. The law says that Dreamers get deported. Like Obama, Trump isn’t changing the law. He is simply saying that he won’t enforce the law.

  3. Rich says:

    Stopping chain migration on DACA is a good start. But I think this this is an area where extreme vetting ought to come into play.