Jun 16, 2017

DHS drops proposed Obama program for undocumented parents


DHS Secretary John Kelly announced Thursday evening that the U.S. won't be following through with a program, proposed by Obama but never implemented, that would have protected undocumented parents of Americans or green card holders from deportation. It was called Deferred Action for Parents (DAPA), much like the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Why now: Thursday, the Trump team faced a legal deadline in court — the DAPA program had been going through a legal battle since its introduction and had never gone into effect because of it.

At the very bottom of the announcement is the most explicit statement yet from the DHS reassuring those in the Deferred Action against Childhood Arrivals that "No work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates." (Previously the administration said it wouldn't be deporting Dreamers under the Obama-era program.)

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Trump to install loyalist Ric Grenell as acting intelligence chief

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President Trump confirmed in a tweet Wednesday night that he will install Richard Grenell, the current U.S. ambassador to Germany and a staunch defender of the president, as the acting director of national intelligence.

Why it matters: The role, which was originally vacated by Dan Coats in August 2019, is one of grave responsibility. As acting DNI, Grenell will be charged with overseeing and integrating the U.S. intelligence community and will advise the president and the National Security Council on intelligence matters that concern national security.

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What to watch in the Nevada debate

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Michael Bloomberg's wealth will fuel rather than shield him from tests and attacks when he makes his Democratic primary debate debut on the stage tonight in Las Vegas.

The state of play: Bernie Sanders is still the front-runner. So the other candidates must weigh which of the two presents a bigger threat to their viability: Sanders, with his combined delegate, polling and grassroots momentum? Or Bloomberg, with his bottomless budget?

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