Sunday, March 18, 2018 | ePaper

Trump govt cancels Obama policy for illegal immigrant families

  • Print
AFP, Washington :
The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it is cancelling an Obama-era policy to allow millions of illegal-immigrant parents of children born in the United States to stay in the country.
The 2014 policy, known as DAPA, for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, aimed to help the families of so-called "dreamer" children stay together free from the threat of deportation.
It was never implemented after 26 states successfully sued in a Texas federal district court to block it. The US Supreme Court let the lower court ruling stand last year after a four-four tie vote.
Set out in a memo from the administration of then-president Barack Obama, the policy said the government would defer any action against illegal immigrant parents of children who are lawful permanent residents mainly those born in the country to parents without legal status.
DAPA would have affected as many as four million people by some estimates, those with US-born children who were in the country before 2010.
But the Department of Homeland Security announced it was rescinding the policy with the support of the Justice Department. DHS Secretary John Kelly explained the move saying "there is no credible path forward to litigate the currently enjoined policy." It comes amid a tough crackdown on illegal immigration ordered by President Donald Trump.
Kelly did not say whether the government has plans to replace DAPA with another measure that would allow families living in the country for decades to remain together without the threat of deportation.
However, DHS said on Thursday that it is leaving in place a 2012 Obama policy known as DACA Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals     
that allowed people who entered the country illegally as children to stay and study or work on two-year renewals.
It aimed to allow between one and two million younger people who arrived in the country illegally to stay in school and complete their studies.

More News For this Category

Nobody can survive in  power thru' embezzlement,  says Dr. Kamal

Nobody can survive in power thru' embezzlement, says Dr. Kamal

Staff Reporter :Gonoforum Chairman, Dr. Kamal Hossain, on Sunday said that nobody could be able to survive in power through embezzlement of national wealth. "Thousands of crores of taka has

PM pays tribute to Bangabandhu

PM pays tribute to Bangabandhu

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of his 99th birthday.She paid the homage by placing wreaths

US-Bangla plane crash : Int`l probe begins today

Special Correspondent :An international probe will begin today (Sunday) to find out the exact cause of the US-Bangla Airlines plane crash that killed at least 51, including 28 Bangladeshis.The plane,

First batch of mortal remains to be repatriated Tuesday

Staff Reporter :A total of 25 victims, including 14 Bangladeshis, who died in US-Bangla Airlines aircraft crash in Kathmandu of Nepal have been identified.The bodies were identified through their fingerprint

Migrant workers being cheated

Reza Mahmud :Increasing number of Bangladeshi migrant workers are being cheated due to lack of decentralization of recruiting agencies across the country, it was alleged. As a result, many of

More lives could have been saved

Staff Reporter :More lives could have been saved from the burning wreckage of the US-Bangla aircraft had the firefighters been equipped with proper personal protective equipment for the rescue and

Russia to expel 23 British diplomats, halt British Council's activities

AFP, Moscow :Russia announced Saturday it will expel 23 British diplomats and halt the activities of the British Council in response to London's "provocative" measures over the poisoning of a

Lawyers seek prosecution for crimes against humanity against Suu Kyi

The Guardian :Lawyers in Melbourne have filed a private prosecution application against Myanmar's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is in Australia, on charges of crimes against humanity.The private prosecution

Quader exposed govt's election 'blueprint', says Moudud

Staff Reporter :BNP Standing Committee Member Barrister Moudud Ahmed on Saturday said that Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader's remarks exposed the ruling party's 'blueprint' for the next polls."The AL

Alleged robber killed in police shootout

An alleged robber died on Saturday in what police narrated as a shootout in Feni's Fulgazi, but his family said it was a murder.Md Imran Hossain Saiful, a resident of