By Steve Neavling
The number of “Dreamers” deported has soared in the first few months of Donald Trump’s administration.
From Jan. 20 to March 25, 43 immigrants who lost their protected status because of criminal behavior were deported, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Under President Obama, about seven Dreamers were deported each month on average since the program was launched in September 2012.
The LA Times wrote:
President Trump has stated his administration will not target DACA, an Obama-era program that allows immigrants brought into the country illegally as children, who attend school or have graduated, to apply to the federal government for a two-year work permit and protection from deportation. An estimated 742,000 Dreamers have been given protection under the program.
At issue are those former DACA beneficiaries whose protected status was canceled either because of a criminal conviction or gang activity.
Immigrant advocates say the rise in deportations of former Dreamers is likely a result of Trump’s executive orders tightening border security and immigration enforcement.
The Obama administration prioritized deportation of immigrants who were deemed a danger to public safety, convicted of a serious crime, a threat to national security or who had recently crossed the border.