On Thursday evening, Trump very notably decided to keep DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood, program intact. However, in the same evening he ended President Obama’s DAPA program, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents.
The DAPA program was signed in 2014 but has faced years of legal pushback from the Courts, never allowing it to be fully implemented. Compared to DACA's estimated protection of 700,000 young immigrants, DAPA was expected to protect another estimated 5 million people, mostly undocumented parents raising children in the United States.
A spokesperson from the Department of Defense referred to the removal of DAPA as a way of “cleaning house” due to the fact that the bill had been stuck in the Courts for several years. He also cited the Court block as the reason DACA was not thrown out with the other program.
Our Verdict: In his campaign, Trump promised to rescind DACA and DAPA immediately, so while disappointing to immigration activists, the policy change is not altogether surprising.