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Action on Deferred Action – One Program Rescinded, Another Lives On

Sunday, June 25, 2017   (0 Comments)
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 Action on Deferred Action – One Program Rescinded, Another Lives OnThe Department of Homeland Security has rescinded one Obama-era executive action granting relief from deportation to certain individuals, while it has left a second, affecting the so-called DREAMers, intact.

On June 15, Secretary John F. Kelly signed a memorandum rescinding the November 20, 2014 memorandum that created the program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”). The rescinded memo, one of the “executive actions” taken by President Obama that year, purported to provide a path for unauthorized immigrants with a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident child to be considered for deferred action (shielded from deportation).

Prior to implementation of DAPA, twenty-six states challenged the policies established in the DAPA memorandum in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The district court enjoined implementation of the DAPA memorandum, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision, and the Supreme Court allowed the district court’s injunction to remain in place.

In a separate action, the Department announced that it would continue the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program intended to protect qualifying immigrants from deportation and provide them with work permits. A fact sheet on the Department’s website indicates that immigrants enrolled in the 2012 program 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."

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