The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it would end an Obama-era directive that would allow millions of illegal immigrants, parents of children born in the United States, to remain in the country.
The DAPA was one of the flagship measures put in place during the previous administration to prevent the separation of families of children born in the United States, So automatically Americans – and helping parents avoid deportation.
The decree had never been enforced, with 26 states having won their case before the courts to obstruct it. This decree could have affected up to four million people according to estimates. But the Ministry of Homeland Security, responsible for enforcing migration laws, announced on Thursday that it was repealing the decree, with the support of the Department of Justice.
What about families?
Retired general John Kelly, who heads the ministry, did not say whether the government intended to replace the DAPA with another measure that would allow families living in the country for decades to remain united And to escape deportation.
DHS, however, said Thursday that he kept an Obama era program known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) that pushes the deportations for undocumented immigrants who grew up in the United States, granting them licenses Of two years renewable. The program aimed to enable between one and two million young people who arrived illegally in the United States while they were children to continue their studies.
Promises of campaign
Donald Trump promised during his campaign to expel the majority of the eleven million people living illegally in the United States, although many have settled in the country for several decades, have stable jobs and have founded a family.