Homeland Security: Program Protecting Young Immigrants May Be Illegal

DHS's Kelly tells Hispanic caucus DACA might not survive court challenge

DHS's Kelly tells Hispanic caucus DACA might not survive court challenge

President Trump said Thursday that he, and not subordinate officials, would make the decision about what to do with President Obama's program that shields more than 750,000 people from deportation who were brought to the USA illegally as children.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump's secretary of Homeland Security told lawmakers the DACA program could be in serious jeopardy. DACA gives hundreds of thousands of young people brought into the country as children protection from deportation and a work permit.

Texas and the other plaintiffs have said they would drop the lawsuit against the 2014 program if the government rescinds DACA; otherwise, they will amend the lawsuit to target the existing program as well.

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus pushed Kelly for an update on whether the administration would defend the program.

Trump had said during his presidential campaign that he would repeal what he said were unconstitutional executive actions taken by President Obama, including DACA.

"He's personally for it".

Obama's 2012 DACA program provides deportation protection and work permits to immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as children. More than half of Castro's Texas constituency identifies as Hispanic.

"The administration claims to only arrest 'bad hombres, ' but ICE's own data shows an increase in deportations among nonviolent offenders or immigrants with no criminal record", Kihuen said.

"We've been waiting for something more permanent and to see that they're [the attorneys general and Idaho governor] attacking so that it [Trump Administration] gets rid of this program that has protected so many people and changed so many peoples' lives is frightening". "The legal authorities that he's spoken to suggest that DACA can not be sustained legally".

"Again that was a personal observation based on discussions with attorneys", Lapan said.

On Thursday, Trump said the decision about whether to challenge the program "is a decision that I make and it's a decision that's very, very hard to make". But they expressed skepticism that the Republican-controlled Congress would pass any law to spare undocumented immigrants from deportation - or that the Trump administration would defend DACA in court.

"I urge Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, urge Governor Hickenlooper to protect DACA and folks like me", said Rodriguez.

The Democrats pressed Kelly to make his support for DACA more vigorous, suggesting he stand alongside them for a news conference as he did with Republican leadership when the House passed two bills cracking down on immigration enforcement. Then, Kelly pushed for two bills that cracked down on illegal immigration.

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