DHS Reverses Obama-Era Policy Deferring Deportation for Immigrant Parents

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The Department of Homeland Security seemed to put its tough immigration rhetoric into action on Thursday when it announced that it would repeal an Obama-era policy that shielded immigrant parents from deportation.

In a Thursday memo, DHS suggested the policy’s future was bleak after the Supreme Court allowed an injunction to remain in place, blocking the policy’s implementation. Twenty-six states brought the legal complaint before the Obama administration implemented the program known as the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).

DHS said DAPA’s counterpart, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), would remain.

The policy reversal seemed to reflect a recent statement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan. Homan reportedly said that the agency wouldn’t just focus on catching undocumented immigrants that committed a crime other than crossing the border.

Crossing the border alone for Homan constitutes a crime that makes immigrants eligible for deportation. “No population is off the table,” he said.

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