DHS Formally Reverses Obama’s DAPA Immigration Program

President Obama and his administration created the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA, which would have deferred deportations for the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents who have been in the U.S. since 2010.1

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly signed a memorandum rolling back the program on Thursday.2 DAPA did not ever go into effect, even during the Obama administration. Before DAPA could be implemented, 26 states challenged the program in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, which enjoined the implementation.3 Afterwards, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the lower court’s decision and the Supreme Court tied in the case in June 16, which affirmed the lower court’s ruling to block the policy from being implemented.4

The rescinded 2014 memo for DAPA would have granted work permits and stopped deportation of 4 million parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders, as long as they passed a criminal background check and met other requirements.5 It also would have expanded the number of undocumented immigrants who came as children who could apply for DACA.6

The Department of Homeland Security clarified that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program created by President Obama in 2012, however, will remain in effect.7 DACA has deferred deportations for people who entered the U.S. as children, who were under age 31 before June 15, 2012.8 Applicants must have also lived continuously in the U.S. since June 15, 2007, and come to the U.S. before his or her 16th birthday.9


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