A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol truck patrols the U.S. border with Mexico as Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, visits the Arizona border with Mexico in Douglas, Ariz., Friday, March 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

President Trump Preserves the Obama DACA Program

While some of his supporters will not be happy, I think it is the right thing to do. President Trump is proceeding with orders to have immigration officials deport illegal aliens, but he is keeping President Obama’s DACA program rules in place for illegal aliens who came here as children and only know the United States as home.

A Homeland Security official who briefed reporters Tuesday said that deportation protections President Obama granted in 2012 to undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children will continue to be honored so long as those immigrants abide by the rules of the program. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss details of the memos.

More than 750,000 undocumented immigrants are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA).

A memo released by the Department of Homeland Security, which does not mention the National Guard, instructs immigration agents to, according to USA Today, “identify, capture and quickly deport every undocumented immigrant they encounter.”

The memos require undocumented immigrants caught entering the country to be placed in detention until their cases are resolved, increase the ability of local police to help in immigration enforcement, call for the hiring of 10,000 more immigration agents and allow planning to begin on an expansion of the border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Homeland Security says it will give priority to those illegal aliens who have criminal records.

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