Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced Thursday that one of the illegal alien amnesty programs ordered by former President Barack Obama will be rescinded immediately.
The program, DAPA, was intended as a companion to the "Dream Act," or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which stalled deportation for foreign children who were brought into the country illegally and granted them two-year work permits. DAPA, or the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, was implemented by executive action in November 2014.
However, the program remained in legal limbo after several states sued the government, saying that Obama had overstepped his constitutional authority and was illegally implementing "back-door amnesty." A federal judge in Texas put a halt to the program in February 2015.
Because the program wasn't passed through Congress but came as a result of an executive memo, it can be rescinded simply by revoking the memo. Kelly made the announcement of the revocation of the memo in a statement Thursday, which said the Obama memo was revoked because "there is no credible path forward to litigate the currently enjoined policy."
"Prior to implementation of DAPA, 26 states challenged the policies established in the DAPA memorandum in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas," the statement continued. "The district court enjoined implementation of the DAPA memorandum, the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision, and the Supreme Court allowed the district court’s injunction to remain in place."
Although the statement made it clear that DACA, or the "Dream Act," would stay in force at this time, there have been signs from the administration that President Donald Trump is considering overturning Obama's first amnesty order, which was a major promise of the Trump campaign in 2016.
Trump said after being elected that "Dream Act" recipients should be treated "with a heart," but illegal immigrant advocates have noted that immigration officials have been picking up "DREAMers" for deportation.
The revocation of DAPA amnesty by the Trump administration comes on the five-year anniversary of the implementation of the DACA amnesty order by the Obama administration in 2012.