DHS Issues New Guidance on DACA

The Trump administration will not immediately eliminate protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, The New York Times reported.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued new guidance late Thursday stating that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would "remain in effect." The announcement clarifies that the program would continue to protect recipients from deportation and provide them work permits in order to secure legal employment. A fact sheet posted on the department's website states that immigrants enrolled in the 2012 DACA 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."

However, White House officials said Friday morning that the president had not made a decision about the long-term fate of the program and might yet follow through on a campaign pledge to take away work permits from the immigrants or deport them, the Times reported.

"There has been no final determination made about the DACA program, which the president has stressed needs to be handled with compassion and with heart," said Jonathan Hoffman, the assistant secretary for public affairs at DHS. He added that John F. Kelly, the secretary of Homeland Security, "has noted that Congress is the only entity that can provide a long-term solution to this issue."

The new guidance from DHS came as the Trump administration faced a court deadline Thursday in a still-pending lawsuit that halted Obama's 2014 effort to expand DACA and add similar status for undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders through a program called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DAPA, according to Politico Morning Education.


Related Links

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Press Release


The New York Times