Despite President Trump’s campaign pledge to “immediately terminate” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty program, his administration has yet to decide on the program’s status.
On Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that there is an ongoing review regarding the disposition of the program which was initiated by former President Obama in 2012. DACA provides protection from deportation for illegal aliens that arrived in the U.S. as minors. Program participants are not given legal status, but are allowed work permits.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised to “immediately terminate” both of Obama’s amnesty programs. The president ended Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, a program designed to protect illegal alien parents of U.S. citizens, though a court decision had already halted its implementation.
During the first few months of the Trump administration, DACA has continued to receive applications and renewals. The federal government recently released statistics revealing that an estimated 98,000 illegal aliens have received amnesty from the program during Trump’s time in office.
Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, criticized Trump’s policies during a radio interview last week, claiming that they are similar to those of the Obama administration.
Spicer noted on Monday that there is an ongoing review of the U.S.’s entire immigration policy, including visa programs and DACA.
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