Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Ends DAPA Program
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Homeland Security secretary revoked the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program.
DAPA was introduced in November 2014 to help protect parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who may be in the country illegally. But it was never fully launched.
The program would have provided them a renewable work permit. It was aimed at keeping families from being split apart through deportation and introduced alongside the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Shortly after it was announced, Texas and 26 other states filed a lawsuit challenging its legality. Many state leaders said President Obama overstepped his authority by protecting a specific class of immigrants living in the United States illegally.
Late last night, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly formally revoked the policy memo issued by President Obama. By doing so, he ended the stalled program and fulfilled a key campaign promise by President Trump who pledged to end DAPA and DACA.