Trump erases one Obama immigration policy, leaves 'Dreamers' untouched -- for now

Brahm Resnik verifies whether President Trump broke one of his campaign promises on immigration.

President Donald Trump is letting the "Dreamers" stay in the U.S. for now, but undocumented parents of legal residents won't get any protection from deportation, according to a new policy statement by the Department of Homeland Security.

Both groups were targeted by Trump during his presidential campaign, in a pledge to end President Obama's "illegal executive amnesties."

The DHS statement, issued Thursday night, erases an Obama-era policy that would have protected the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or legal residents.

The 2014 policy, known a DAPA, or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, had been blocked by the courts and never took effect.

The "Dreamers," undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, have been on edge since Trump's election.

They feared he might end the 5-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which grants them work permits and lets them attend school.

Trump's new moves on immigration likely won't ease that fear.

A DHS fact sheet says the elimination of DAPA won't affect the Dreamers. But a DHS spokeswoman told 12 News via email that no final determination had been made on the future of the DACA program:

The future of the DACA program continues to be under review with the Administration.  The President has remarked on the need to handle the issue with compassion and with heart.  Secretary Kelly recognizes that Congress is the only entity that can provide a legislate a long-term solution to this issue.

Arizona has the seventh-largest number of DACA recipients in the country, with 51,000 approved to date, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

A 12 News analysis shows the rejection rate for DACA applicants tripled in the first three months of this year.

There's another bit of unfinished business for the Dreamers: Attorney General Mark Brnovich has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out lower court rulings allowing Dreamers to get Arizona driver's licenses.

The high court is expected to review the request next week.

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