Department of Homeland Security rescinds Deferred Action for Parents of Americans Policy
The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday signed a memorandum rescinding the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans Policy.
The policy was pushed by President Barack Obama in November 2014.
The policy would allow undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents (green card holders) who have lived in the country since Jan. 1, 2010 to apply for permission to work and to stay in the U.S. for three years.
But, it never actually took effect after it was signed in 2014, as courts blocked it. The policy has since been stuck in the courts.
"Them coming up with this decision really doesn't surprise us coming from this administration, but at the same time, it kind of gave Dreamers a little bit of hope, because they did say DACA was staying as planned,” said Maria Ibarra, an education specialist with local pro-immigration rights group La Union Del Pueblo Entero.
During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump explicitly pledged to rescind both DACA and DAPA, but his administration has continued to issue DACA permits. A statement from the Department of Homeland Security said that DACA, the policy that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, would continue.
DACA recipient Abraham Diaz says even though the news came down of DAPA coming to an end even before it began--- it's not really the end.
"Just last night we knew that the hope for those parents who have citizen children is gone now,” Diaz said. “But we're going to continue fighting, we're going to continue working hard so that those children don't have to worry about their parents maybe someday being deported and then going to foster care.”
DACA will remain, according to the Department of Homeland Security Statement, but as it is an executive order.
President Trump can choose to end the policy at any time.