Admin revokes blocked program to protect immigrant parents

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That policy, known as DAPA-for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents-has never been implemented due to court challenges.

For now the "Dreamers" program-officially, the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) - will remain in place, the Homeland Security Department said.

Kelly said in a statement on Thursday he was rescinding the initiative, known as DAPA, because "there is no credible path forward to litigate the now enjoined policy".

"Yesterday's action by the administration also acknowledges that granting de facto amnesty to millions of people who knowingly violated US immigration laws is also bad public policy that harms the interests of the American people and encourages more illegal immigration", Stein said in a statement.

And the numbers do bear that out - the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reported that as of March 31, 124,799 people who had qualified for DACA, had their special permits renewed in the first three months of this year.

But a Texas District Court imposed an injunction that was upheld by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The announcement was made when similar Obama administration's program, Deferred Action for Parents of American was cancelled by the Trump administration. "Instead of deporting as numerous 11 million undocumented immigrants as possible and breaking apart millions of families, we should change the law to deal fairly with those people who are here now with longstanding ties to our country".

Exactly five years after the Obama administration implemented a historic program that has granted deportation relief to almost 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, the Trump administration - in an apparent change of heart - announced it will keep the program, marking a significant victory for "Dreamers" nationwide.

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The decision to continue the DACA program, which impacts about 800,000 people in the United States, came as the administration formally ended Mr. Obama's attempt to expand it to also cover the parents of the Dreamers.

In January, outgoing President Barack Obama told then President-elect Donald Trump that the executive actions that were taken to protect the "Dreamers" are one of his most important legacies.

Kelly did not respond to a question about what reassurances DACA recipients have that their status won't be changed on a moment's notice.

"If the young students who have been living for years in this country love this country, show good behavior and want to work legally in their community, they should be not only welcome to do it, but the laws should honor them and make it easier", he said.

The program meant to keep immigrant parents safe from deportation and provide them with renewable work permit for two years. In 2015, Obama tried to expand the program to include the illegal immigrant parents of US citizens, which would have granted up to 5 million people.

Continuation of the DACA program had won widespread praise from critics of Trump's overall approach to immigration.

"We really hated that DAPA has really been wiped away, but let's go ahead with what we have", Rubio added. Republicans saw it as "backdoor amnesty" and argued that Obama overstepped his authority by protecting a specific class of immigrants living in the United States illegally.