Trump administration: No final decision on DACA

Trump administration: No final decision on DACA

President Trump revoked another stagnant program, from the Obama era. DAPA, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, and lawful permanent residents, will not go into effect.

It was already blocked by litigation and enjoined by a court.

However, the Trump administration has yet to announce a final decision on a partner program, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The President held to one of his campaign promises, rescinding both the DAPA and extended DACA programs, created by President Obama in 2014.

"The DAPA and the expanded DACA doesn't fit in with his platform the way it did with the Obama administration," Immigration Attorney David Strange said. "DACA has been in place since 2012, DAPA never got off the ground and DACA focuses on the children who were brought here unlawfully and DAPA focuses on parents of United States citizens children or LPR children so two very different groups of people."

The day DACA was created is one Saba Nafees remembers very well. 

"June 15th, was a very memorable day back in 2012 because that's when I first found out that I could actually get paid for the work I did, for the research I did in undergrad and actually have some sort of documentation, so that was really, really great," Dreamer and DACA student Saba Nafees said.

DACA gives those who were brought into the country as a child, protection from being deported.

"Every year that it continues it's a really, really great thing, because the new administration came in and there was a lot of doubt regarding whether this program would continue, so hearing that it will actually continue is a really cool thing," Nafees said.

"The President is back-tracking a little on his campaign promises, when it comes to DACA," Strange said.

"It might be that he's gone in as the President and has seen new things and has a different opinion, but it is probably more likely that he is going to keep DACA in place and use it as leverage for immigration reform, potential immigration reform in the future or for something that fits more within his agenda," Strange said.

"We are hopeful, yet we're slightly still scared because the future of the program is still uncertain," Nafees said.

Nafees is glad that those who are eligible for DACA are still able to apply. 

"I hope they are applying, because a lot of them are not because they are not sure what will happen in the future. I think they should continue to do that at least for now because it is something that is very beneficial, so it makes me pretty happy that it is going to continue, again its not a full solution, its not a permanent solution and we all really want to have that ideally, but we don't know when that will happen," Nafees said.

The future of the program is unknown, but for right now Dreamers see this as a big victory.

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