New Delhi, Sept 6: Nearly 8000 Indian Americans are facing deportation after US President Donald Trump scrapped the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protected undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the DACA program had been rescinded, potentially putting 800,000 illegal immigrants at the danger of deportation. Donald Trump had pledged to kill the DACA programme in his poll campaign. Also Read - US Election 2020: Biden, Trump in Tug of War as Final Campaigns Enter Swing States
Implemented in 2012 by then US President Barack Obama, the DACA programme essentially provided a legal status for young immigrants who entered the United States as minors or a renewable two-year term to pursue education or jobs without fear of deportation. From now onwards, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will stop accepting new DACA applications and review case by case pending requests. (ALSO READ: Obama slams DACA suspension as ‘cruel and wrong’) Also Read - US Hits Record High Single-Day Spike of Over 90,000 Covid Cases, Tally Surpasses 9 Million
All current recipients whose DACA benefits expire before March of next year may renew their request before October 5, said the DHS memorandum. In a statement, White House said Congress has six months — until March 5, 2018 — to come up with a long-term solution. In a written statement, President Donald Trump said he is looking forward to working with Congress to finally address all of these issues “in a manner that puts the hardworking citizens of our country first.” Also Read - Trump or Biden, Who Will be Next US President? Here's What Astrologers Have Predicted
An estimated 787,000 people had been granted protection from deportation under DACA programme. The recipients of DACA programme referred as the “Dreamers”, are mainly from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru. According to the Migration Policy Institute, which tracks and studies immigration in the US, 14,000 undocumented immigrants from India were among the 1.9 million people eligible for DACA. India also emerged as a top country of origin for legal immigrants.
While eleven Republican-ruled states threatened to challenge the regulation in court, some Republicans including House speaker Paul Ryan called for retaining some elements of DACA. The DACA became a political issue tied to the larger question of illegal immigrants. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed to end DACA on his first day in the White House, but he later acknowledged that the issue was “one of the most difficult” to address and promised he would deal with it “with heart.” Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner had supported the Obama-era programme. (With agency inputs)