The Donald Trump Administration announced on Tuesday that it will renew for just one year the protection from deportation to thousands of irregular immigrants who came to the United States as children, known as dreamers, instead of the usual two years. The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, reported in a conference call that they will implement this measure while they review the Supreme Court ruling, which just over a month ago prevented the Republican president from ending the DACA program, which benefits about 700,000 young people. With just over three months to go before the presidential elections, the US government also announced that it will reject any new application to be part of the program.
When the Supreme Court called the Administration's actions "arbitrary" and "capricious" in its attempt to suspend DACA, Trump warned that he would look again for a way to annihilate the program inherited from the Obama era. Forty days later, the Department of Homeland Security has released a new strategy as it prepares its offensive: reject all new DACA applications and associated applications for employment authorization documents; reject new and pending requests for parole in the absence of exceptional circumstances; and limit the protection renewal period to one year.
"As the Department [of Homeland Security] continues to review the [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] policy and consider further action, Congress should act on this issue," Wolf suggested. "There are important political arguments that can guarantee the total elimination of the DACA policy," he added. The announcement is a new twist in the Administration's immigration strategy. In early July Trump said in an interview with José Díaz-Balart on Telemundo: "I'm going to make a great immigration law." "One of the aspects of the law is going to be DACA, we are going to have a path to citizenship," he remarked twice.
But the position that has prevailed is the same since Trump came to the White House. The Republican has since tried to eliminate the program launched by former President Barack Obama in 2012, claiming it is "illegal" and "unconstitutional." The Supreme Court rejected these arguments and considered that the lower courts do not have the power to review the decision to eliminate it. The Republican called the decision "horrible" in his day, and said that the ruling of the highest judicial body in the country, which operates independently, was "politically motivated."
The Supreme Court left the door open for the Administration to try again to eliminate the program. A senior official told Reuters that they were going to do "a thorough review" of the documents they initially released to justify ending DACA. Polls show that the show is generally very popular with voters from both parties.
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