Exclusive: Trump administration to offer extensions for some ‘dreamy’ immigrants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The administration of United States President Donald Trump plans to allow so-called ‘Dreamer’ immigrants to renew deportation protections for a year while reviewing a Supreme Court ruling, a senior official from the United States said Tuesday. the administration.

United States President Donald Trump wears a protective face mask during a tour of the Fujifilm Diosynth Center for Biotechnology Innovation, a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant where components are being developed for a possible candidate vaccine for coronavirus disease (COVID -19), in Morrrisville, North Carolina, USA, July 27, 2020. REUTERS / Carlos Barria

The administration is preparing a new attempt to end the program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants living illegally in the United States from deportation after entering as children, a group often called ‘Dreamers’.

The review follows the court’s ruling last month that found that the administration had erred in the way it had decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2017. DACA was implemented by the former president. Barack Obama and currently about 644,000 immigrants are registered

The administration plans to continue its current policy of not accepting new DACA applicants, a policy in force since 2017, the official told Reuters. But the administration will extend eligibility for one year for those DACA immigrants whose protection against deportation expires, as long as they have no criminal record, the official said.

“For anyone who reapplies, if they are eligible and expire, we will renew them on a case-by-case basis until next year for an extension,” the official said.

The decision means the program will remain in effect until the November 3 presidential election, in which Trump is fighting for a second term against Democrat Joe Biden.

Trump has turned his hard-line stance on legal and illegal immigration into a central platform for his presidency and his 2020 re-election campaign, but DACA is a difficult issue for him due to the program’s growing public support.

A February Reuters / Ipsos poll found that 64% of adult US respondents supported the basic principles of DACA. A similar December 2014 poll found that 47% of US adults supported DACA.

The Supreme Court left the door open for Trump to try again to rescind the program, ruling only that the administration had failed to comply with procedural requirements and that his actions were “arbitrary and capricious” under a federal law called the Administrative Procedure Act.

The administration is due to file documents with the Maryland District Court on Tuesday to clarify its plan.

The decision not to accept new applications will likely face more legal challenges.

The official said the administration will carry out “a comprehensive review” of the memoranda that the administration initially used to justify terminating the program.

“We are going to review all that and all the underlying communications that informed those documents, so that when the administration acts on DACA, it is anchored in this comprehensive review,” said the official.

The official said it was unclear how long the review would take.

Trump, in an interview with Noticias Telemundo earlier this month, said he would soon reveal an immigration measure that he says would include some protections for DACA.

“We are solving the legal complexities at the moment, but I am going to sign a very important immigration bill as an executive order, which the Supreme Court now, due to the DACA decision, has given me the power to do. “Trump said.

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