WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Trump administration on Tuesday delivered its most explicit embrace yet of Obama-era protections for young undocumented immigrants – while at the same time issuing new rules that immigration advocates fear effectively chips away at the previous barriers to deportation.
Newly released memos from the Department of Homeland Security leave intact two specific executive orders from President Barack Obama that granted protection from prosecution for so-called Dreamers, young immigrants who were brought to the US as children, and a second one that included parents of US citizens and legal residents…
…“We’re gonna show great heart,” Trump said in a news conference last week. “DACA is a very, very difficult subject for me, I will tell you.”
But he also spoke of possible abuses of the DACA program.
“To me, it’s one of the most difficult subjects I have because you have these incredible kids, in many cases, not in all cases. And some of the cases, having DACA and they’re gang members and they’re drug dealers, too. But you have some absolutely, incredible kids, I would say mostly. They were brought here in such a way – it’s a very – it’s a very, very tough subject.”