The Homeland Security Department announced on Thursday that it would keep in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, allowing undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to remain in the country.
The decision breaks a key campaign promise by Trump to “immediately terminate” the DACA program and stands at odds with the president’s vows to crackdown on illegal immigration.
In an announcement posted on the DHS website Thursday night, the department said that the memo that created DACA “will remain in effect.” A fact sheet posted along with the announcement reaffirmed that the program’s original provisions would remain in place.
“DACA recipients will continue to be eligible as outlined in the June 15, 2012, memorandum. DACA recipients who were issued three-year extensions before the district court’s injunction will not be affected, and will be eligible to seek a two-year extension upon their expiration,” the fact sheet reads. “No work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates.”
The program impacts about 800,000 people in the U.S., and while Trump has suggested since taking office that he would not seek to deport DACA recipients, the DHS decision on Thursday quells concerns that the administration could do away with the policy.