Deportation of undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children has already ramped up significantly under President Trump, USA Today reports, citing Department of Homeland Security data.
Both the Obama and Trump administrations would remove the legal protections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for people who committed serious crimes, joined gangs or became public safety threats. However, Obama deported 365 former DACA enrollees in his eight years, while Trump deported 43 in his first month.
If that pace continues, Trump will have deported 516 former DACA enrollees by the end of his first year in office, far eclipsing Obama's pace. He has long promised a crackdown on illegal immigration.
The DACA program allows undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before turning 16 to get a work permit. But if they were convicted of a felony or "significant misdemeanor," their protected status could be revoked.
That happened to 1,488 people under Trump and Obama combined. 507 were allowed to stay in the country under Obama. So far, 20 have been allowed to stay in the country under Trump while 43 have been deported.
The grounds for DACA termination have not changed since the inception of the program.
DHS spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said the reason for the spike under Trump was due to people who were already in the process of being deported when he took office.
Trump's executive order on January 25 expanded the rules on what undocumented immigrants were considered priorities for deportation. An undocumented immigrant charged with a crime can be deported, whereas the Obama administration required that people were convicted.
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Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez was deported in February, marking what advocates say was the first deportation of a former DREAMer under Trump. Lawyers said he forgot his wallet in a friend's car and was pulled over and ultimately deported. He has sued the federal government, and his lawyers have argued he has only a misdemeanor on his record, The Washington Post reports.
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