WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump’s administration plans to allow so-called ‘dreamer’ migrants to renew deportation protections for a year while it reviews the Supreme Court’s decision, a senior The administration official said on Tuesday.
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The administration is making a renewed effort to end the program deporting hundreds of thousands of migrants living illegally after entering the United States illegally as children – a group often called ‘Dreamers’ is.
The review follows a court ruling last month that found the administration decided in 2017 to terminate the deferred action for childhood action (DACA). DACA was held by former President Barack Obama and currently around 644,000 people. The immigrants are enrolled.
The official told Reuters that the administration plans to continue with its current policy of not accepting new DACA applicants. The official said the administration would extend the eligibility by one year for those DACA immigrants who were supposed to end protection from deportation unless they had a criminal record, the official said.
“Whoever refines, if they are eligible and ready to expire, we will renew them on a case by case basis next year,” the official said.
The decision means the program will remain in place through the November 3 presidential election, with Trump fighting for a second term against Democrat Joe Biden.
Trump has made his strict stance on both legal and illegal immigration the central stage of his presidency and for his 2020 election campaign, but DACA is a complex issue for him due to increasing public support for the program.
In a February Reuters / Ipsos poll, 64% of US adult respondents supported the core principles of DACA. A December 2014 survey found that 47% of American adults supported DACA.
The Supreme Court left the door open for Trump to try again to restart the program, only deciding that the administration had not met the procedural requirements and that its actions were a federal law called the Administrative Procedure Act Under was “arbitrary and complex”.
The administration is due to file paperwork with the district court in Maryland on Tuesday to clarify its plan.
The decision not to accept new applications would pose more legal challenges.
The official said the administration would conduct “a detailed review” of the memo which the administration initially used to justify the conclusion of the program.
“We are going to review all and all of the underlying communications that informed those documents, so that when the administration next acts on DACA, it can be reviewed comprehensively,” the official said.
The official said it was unclear how long the review would take.
Trump said in an interview with Noticias Telemundo earlier this month that he would soon disclose an immigration measure, which he said would include some protections for DACA.
“We are working on the legal complexities right now, but I am going to sign a very large immigration bill in the form of an executive order, which the Supreme Court has now given me the power to do because of the DACA ruling. , ”Trump said.
Reporting by Steve Holland, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien