By Kevin Deutsch and Sasha Gonzales
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The U.S. government is working to deport a number of local DACA recipients once protected under the Obama-era program, Bronx Justice News has learned.
As part of the Trump Administration’s aggressive deportation policy, officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement are asking federal immigration courts to reopen old, “administratively closed” cases against undocumented “Dreamers” living in New York City, including some from the Bronx, according to local immigration attorneys.
The move means cases formerly removed from the immigration court system are again active, their subjects slated for deportation by the government.
The U.S. Supreme Court is currently weighing the fate of DACA – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – which allowed the Obama administration to protect roughly 700,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation.
The Trump administration is trying to eliminate the program, which granted legal protections to immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
The move by ICE to reopen administratively closed deportation cases was first reported by CNN.