But late Thursday Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly quietly announced the decision to keep DACA at the bottom of a fact sheet release declaring the end to a similar, but never-implemented program meant to shield immigrant parents of US citizens and legal residents from deportation.
The Trump administration is still reviewing a policy set in 2012 by U.S. President Barack Obama that protects from deportation almost 600,000 immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents, known as "Dreamers", a White House spokesman said on Friday. "We hope President Trump now will keep his entire promise by ordering an end to the Obama Administration's other unconstitutional amnesty, the DACA program, which continues to issues new work permits to those here illegally". Kelly made the announcement of the revocation of the memo in a statement Thursday, which said the Obama memo was revoked because "there is no credible path forward to litigate the now enjoined policy".
The DHS said that it has rescinded a 2015 Obama-era memo that looked to expand the program to shield the undocumented parents of US citizens and lawful permanent residents from deportation.
The program was blocked by a federal judge in Texas after 26 states sued. The Supreme Court tied 4-4 on a challenge to that ruling, and Kelly on Thursday rescinded the program, saying it no longer has a "credible path forward" in court.
"If confirmed, I would see my role to administer that program well, as it stands", he said.
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The program protects the immigrants, known as "Dreamers", from being deported, and helps them obtain work permits so they can be legally employed.
"We will immediately terminate President Obama's two illegal executive amnesties in which he defied federal law and the Constitution to give amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants", the President said in a major immigration speech on August 31, 2016.
Since taking office, Trump has expressed empathy for the participants.
Homeland Security's assistant secretary for public affairs, Jonathan Hoffman, the #Future of the DACA program continues to hang in the balance since it is still under review by the administration.
Whether or not DACA remains intact, the program affects roughly 800,000 illegal immigrants that are now in the United States. "The fact that DACA was not rescinded by the same memo should not be interpreted as bearing any relevance on the long-term future of that program".