In at least a temporary reversal of one of his most vile campaign promises, Donald Trump has apparently decided to allow DREAMers — young people who were brought here illegally by their parents as children — to stay in the country, at least for the time being.
President Trump will not immediately eliminate protections for the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children, according to new memorandums issued by the administration on Thursday night.
But White House officials said on Friday morning that Mr. Trump had not made a decision about the long-term fate of the program and might yet follow through on a campaign pledge to take away work permits from the immigrants or deport them.The Department of Homeland Security announced that it would continue the Obama-era program intended to protect those immigrants from deportation and provide them with work permits so they can find legal employment.
A fact sheet posted on the department’s website says that immigrants enrolled in the 2012 program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, “will continue to be eligible” to renew every two years, and notes that “no work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates.”
This is good news. I hope it becomes permanent. It is repulsive to rip people from what is really the only home they’ve ever known and send them back to a country they don’t even know. They grew up here. They’re as American as you and I and they should be given a path to citizenship with as little delay as possible.