FOX NEWS — The Department of Homeland Security issued a temporary stop to the deportation of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
The move comes as President Donald Trump’s administration ramps up efforts to deport those in the country illegally and the Senate prepares to vote on an immigration overhaul bill.
The DHS statement said it is “rejecting the continued presence of individuals who have not committed serious crimes, are not deportable, and have not been convicted of a crime.”
It said it will take all necessary steps to deport the remaining individuals.
It also announced a program that will allow immigrants to apply for Daca visas that would let them stay in the U, work and access public services.
The statement came a day after Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to begin the process of ending the Dacas program that allows people brought to this country illegally as minors to remain in the United States.
It says that while DHS is unable to deport any of the people in the program, those individuals will be returned to the country that brought them to the United.DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program created by President Barack Obama to protect young immigrants from deportation.
The Obama administration has been at the forefront of ending DACA, though many in the GOP have argued the program has been abused by criminals and illegal aliens.
In an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the administration has “not taken action to end DACA yet.”
“That is not a policy goal, not a priority,” Earnest told “Face The Nation” host Chuck Todd.
Earnest said it’s up to Congress to decide whether to renew DACA, but he added that he’s “not convinced that it is an abuse of the program.”
He said that since the Obama administration stopped the program in December, it has been able to identify and deport fewer than 4,000 people who were under the age of 18.
A Senate Judiciary subcommittee on immigration on Sunday approved a bill that would extend the Dabas program for five years.
The bill would extend it through 2020, which would be the end of the DACA program.
It would also add a provision that would allow Congress to renew the program for another five years for the same reasons.
The House on Sunday passed a bill to extend the program.