The Trump's administration's newly released memos from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leave intact President Barack Obama's executive orders on DACA and DAPA. Besides these exceptions, the DHS memos will serve as the implementation strategy for executive orders on border security and immigration enforcement that Trump signed January 25, just days after taking office.Para leer esta nota en Español, haga clic aquí.
"We're gonna show great heart," Trump said in a news conference last week. "DACA is a very, very difficult subject for me, I will tell you."
On Tuesday, the Trump administration delivered a surprising embrace of two Obama executive orders on immigration that he had previously vowed to repeal:
• DACA, a program that grants protection from deportation for young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children, also known as DREAMers, and
• DAPA, a program that extended deportation relief to include parents of US citizens and legal residents, but that has been blocked by the courts and is still tied up in legal action.
Since taking office, Trump has attempted to tread carefully on DACA, finding himself between conservative Republicans who want to do away with it entirely, and the political and practical consequences of repealing DACA.
While the DHS memos leave both DACA and DAPA as an exception, they also make clear that any undocumented immigrant charged with a crime is now eligible for removal and none will be exempt from deportation proceedings. The memos outline new deportation guidelines that immigration advocates across the nation fear will do away with previous barriers to deportation.
The new memos leave the current DACA program untouched, meaning DACA is still a viable option for young undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
Anyone eligible for DACA should talk to an attorney and apply immediately.
Whether it's a first-time DACA application or a DACA renewal, we recommend everyone who is eligible to apply for deportation relief as soon as possible. With the surge in immigration raids, it is vital to begin the process towards legal status today.
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