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NH Undocumented: Still Subject to President Trump's "Whim?"

Immigrants' advocates are welcoming a change in course by the Trump administration on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but note it could change at any moment.  (S. Melkisethian/Flckr)
Immigrants' advocates are welcoming a change in course by the Trump administration on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but note it could change at any moment. (S. Melkisethian/Flckr)
June 19, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. -- The Trump Administration has, for the moment, reversed course on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Immigrant activists in New Hampshire say the move provides some relief, but no long-term solution.

During the campaign, candidate Trump pledged to do away with DACA, but last week - on the 5th anniversary of President Obama's enactment of the program - the administration changed course. In a one-line statement, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said it will remain in effect.

Eva Castillo, director of the New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees, said the decision is welcome news, for as far as it goes.

"Allowing the kids to stay here, that's good, but it's still a temporary thing,” Castillo said. "So they're still subject to his whims, and they're going to have to live with the fear of having their parents deported."

Castillo pointed out that not all kids get to stay, because DACA excludes all undocumented young people who arrived in the U.S. after June 2007. And the day after Homeland Security said DACA would remain in place, the department issued an additional statement saying the future of the program "continues to be under review."

Mixed signals are the norm for this administration, said Castillo. She noted that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is still pursuing a cut in federal funds for so-called sanctuary cities.

Castillo said New Hampshire isn't likely to be a priority in that effort, as a small state with only three towns that have claimed that status.

"So, I don't think we're going to be on the radar, but ICE has been picking up people,” she said. "Everybody that's here undocumented has to live in fear - you know, I think they thrive on terrorizing people, like they get some type of high from putting stress on people. "

As for the administration's ongoing review of the DACA program, the statement from DHS said the president has remarked on the need to handle the issue "with compassion and with heart."

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH