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06-16-2017 8:24 am - Chris Chmielenski - Numbers USA
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to end Barack Obama's illegal and unconstitutional executive amnesties. On Thursday night, the Administration moved one step closer to fulfilling that promise when DHS Secretary John Kelly rescinded the DAPA amnesty.

Obama's DAPA amnesty would have granted an estimated 5 million work permits to illegal aliens who are the parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.

The Department of Homeland Security issued the following statement on Thursday night:

On June 15, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, after consulting with the Attorney General [Jeff Sessions], signed a memorandum rescinding the November 20, 2014 memorandum that created the program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents ("DAPA") because there is no credible path forward [in the courts] to litigate the currently enjoined policy.

The DAPA executive amnesty had been temporarily blocked by a federal court after 26 states, led by Texas, sued the Obama Administration over the order shortly after it was announced in November 2014. Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen issued a nationwide temporary injunction against the executive action in 2015 that was upheld by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Obama Administration challenged the ruling to the Supreme Court, but the then-eight member court split evenly, leaving the injunction in place.

NumbersUSA issued the following statement:

NumbersUSA and its 8 million activists are thrilled that Secretary Kelly has rescinded the DAPA amnesty, partially fulfilling one of President Trump's key campaign promises. Although this unconstitutional executive amnesty had been temporarily blocked by the courts, it threatened to issue 5 million new work permits to illegal aliens who would mostly compete with low-skilled American workers who still face double-digit unemployment rates and declining wages. We hope President Trump now will keep his entire promise by ordering an end to the Obama Administration's other unconstitutional amnesty, the DACA program which continues to issue new work permits to those here illegally.

On August 31, 2016, Pres. Trump delivered a campaign speech listing his immigration priorities if elected. Number five on the list was to end both the DACA and DAPA amnesties.

We will immediately terminate President Obama's two illegal executive amnesties in which he defied federal law and the Constitution to give amnesty to approximately five million illegal immigrants, five million. -- Pres. Trump, August 31, 2016

Last night's action fulfills part of that promise, but the Administration has yet to take end the DACA amnesty. New data from the Department of Homeland Security released earlier this month showed that the Trump Administration has issued thousands of new work permits to illegal aliens and renewed tens of thousands of more work permits under DACA since taking office in January.


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