The Trump administration will permit some “Dreamer” immigrants to extend their legal protections from deportation for a year, as the White House struggles to chart a path forward on illegal immigration. The move comes after the Supreme Court blocked the administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program last month in a ruling.
“Dreamers” is a term used to describe young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, with DACA providing some of these immigrants with temporary protection from deportation, along with a work permit. Current DACA recipients whose protection is about to expire can now extend their protection from deportation by a year, provided they do not have a criminal record.
“For anyone who refiles, if they are eligible and were set to expire, we will renew them on a case by case basis into the next year for an extension,” a senior administration official told Reuters.
However, the administration said it will continue to not accept new DACA applications. Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf has confirmed that the administration has been delaying action on new applications since the SCOTUS ruling in June.
The White House still views the DACA program as illegal, and the administration is looking at other ways to end the program. President Trump originally moved to end DACA in September 2017.
Trump has insisted he would treat “Dreamers” with “compassion” while frequently railing against illegal immigration. The administration in 2017 instituted a travel ban for several countries.
As the election looms on Nov. 3., questions surround Trump’s campaign over softening immigration stances to attract Latino voters or maintaining a hardline stance.