Admin revokes blocked program to protect immigrant parents

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The department made clear in the announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program created by Mr. Obama in 2012 "will remain in effect".

The DHS statement said those enrolled in the program - "dreamers" - will "continue to be eligible" to remain and work in the United States with permit renewals every two years and that "no work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates".

The announcement to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, was made quietly late Thursday.

The Trump administration's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program is more reflective of Trump's anti-immigration positions and rhetoric.

The DAPA program was never fully implemented because of a series of legal challenges by mostly Republican-led states.

"The future of the DACA program continues to be under review with the administration", Jonathan Hoffman, an assistant secretary for public affairs at Homeland Security, said in a statement. The government, he said, was "not [going] after the 'dreamers, ' we are after the criminals". "DACA works, DACA helps our society and DACA helps people". The program allows undocumented immigrant children who were brought to the United States as minors, widely known as "Dreamers", to stay in the USA and obtain working visas.

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". Sadly, despite some promising innovations by Republican senators, the Trump administration has not shown the interest or competence in negotiating lasting fixes for the US immigration system.

Obama's DAPA promise of work permits for illegals was quickly blocked by a Texas-based judge, Andre Hanen, amid a lawsuit by a coalition of Governors and Attorneys General.

The DAPA program, like the one for young immigrants, was created with a policy memo, not by legislation.

Immigration enforcement was one of the top priorities of Trump during his election campaign.

Arrests of immigrants in the interior of the country have increased under the Trump administration, but deportations are slightly down as fewer people have been caught crossing the Mexican border into the United States illegally.

In the case of the Ex-Im Bank, which provides credit, insurance and loans to foreign and domestic companies in an effort to promote USA exports, Trump's commitment to it resulted in a 24-point boost among his supporters' views, with the share who viewed it favorably rising from 42 percent to 66 percent. "We're going to take care of everybody", Trump said during an interview with ABC.

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