A federal court put the plans on hold - but that legal action won't mean much once President Obama leaves office, as a President Trump will be able to do away with those programs immediately.
That obviously has some who are here in the U.S. under DACA and DAPA worried:
The details of what Mr. Trump will do have not been finalized, but it is a reminder that on his very first, he can accomplish a big chunk of his agenda, with just his signature, and there is nothing that Democrats can do to stop it.
There have been some immigration advocates who have called on President Obama to issue a blanket pardon for those “Dreamers” to be able to stay in the U.S. – but the legal review on that does not seem to give him the option of an ‘en masse’ pardon.
“The issue of pardoning someone is an individual decision that’s made on a case by case basis,” said U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
If there is no legal remedy available, then those people who have been spared from possible deportation would again be threatened with that in a Trump Administration.
Mr. Trump has been on both sides of this issue – it wasn’t but a few years ago that he embraced a group of Dreamers, and pushed for them to be allowed to stay in the U.S.
Now though, the President-Elect has a chance to make a major impact on immigration policy, just by using his pen to do away with Obama Administration executive actions.
Starting January 20, Mr. Trump gets to leave his imprint on immigration policy.