Former Obama Official: Dreamers’ Days in the U.S.A. are Numbered

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A former senior official in the Obama administration, said there is a very high likelihood that Dreamers will face deportation even if President Donald Trump’s immigration policies doesn’t target them directly. The Dreamers are illegal immigrants their parents brought to the U.S. as children.

There are about 750,000 Dreamers in the U.S. Due to the sizable number, Obama administration tried to shield them from deportation through a series of executive actions called the deferred action program (DACA). The initiative targets all illegal immigrants who were aged 30 or younger on June 15, 2012.

Some DACA Recipients Risk Deportation

Democrats also expect the new administration to partially roll back Obama’s executive actions, including DACA. However, they don’t expect the new president to authorize raids that target students. Yet they are concerned Trump’s plan to deport 2 million illegals with criminal records could hit DACA recipients as well.

Leon Fresco, who was the chief of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration under Obama administration, think some DACA immigrants may face deportation. He was hinting at those with minor criminal records or a removal orders. This group accounts for more than 1,000 young immigrants.

Fresco believes authorities will apprehend DACA kids with unexecuted orders of removal “in a matter of weeks.” This would be at odds with Trump’s promise not to pursue young illegals.

Experts agree since the DACA is a type of prosecutorial discretion which the new administration can undo at any time. When they enrolled for DACA, young immigrants learned that their personal information stored on the Department of Homeland Security’s servers would not be used for enforcement purposes. However, no one guarantees that under a new administration.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed it has a data set with the names of thousands of immigrants and their families with unexecuted orders of removal. Many of these immigrants received DACA protection after courts ordered their removal after they missed a court date or after their parents failed to obtain asylum.

About 1,000 Dreamers Affected

The former administration couldn’t tell how many young immigrants had orders of removal. Fresco learned about 1,000 people may be affected.

On the campaign trail, the president campaigned hard against illegal immigration. At the time, Trump promised to build a “big, beautiful wall” on the country’s southern border to keep illegals out. He also promised to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants and repeal DACA.

Over the last weeks, he said he planned to “work something out” for young illegals. However, he can cancel DACA at any time to reassure his supporters that he will not condone with Obama’s clemency towards thousands of illegal immigrants.

DACA students are already using U.S. campuses to make their voice heard. They seek federal protection in case the president honors his campaign promises. Fresco, who now oversees universities, envisions raids in schools which could cripple with fear the entire foreign study body. Students without orders of removal won’t know why authorities arrested their classmates. These students might believe authorities plan to deport all DACA recipients. So, many of them will likely start skipping school or hiding.

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