After an announcement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday, September 5th, the Trump administration’s official policy on DACA has become known. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created by President Obama will be phased out after six months. The decision to end the DACA program could upend the lives of hundreds of thousands of so-called Dreamers, young people brought to the country illegally as children.
What does this mean for DACA recipients? As of today, no new applications for DACA will be granted. If your permit expires between today and March 5th, 2018, you will be allowed to renew your permit for one last two-year period. If your permit expires on March 6th or later, your legal status will end when your permit expires. Approximately 76% of DACA recipients, 595,000 people, will no longer be able to renew their permits.
In as few as six months, Dreamers will begin to lose their ability to work in the United States and will be at risk for deportation. The rationale given for the six month delay is to allow time for Congress to create a legislative means to allow DACA recipients to remain in the country. The situation has been described as a ticking time bomb.
This story will be evolving for many months.
News articles about the recent announcement
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