President Trump has officially given order to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, known as DACA. The program was created by President Barack Obama five years ago, and as of Tuesday, no new applications for the program will be accepted. It offered protection from deportation to over 800,000 young undocumented immigrants in the time it was running.
These individuals, now mostly adults, were illegally brought to the United States as children. Since then, very many have lived what some would call the “American Dream,” obtaining degrees, getting jobs, and starting families.
DACA recipients, also called Dreamers, are set to lose status on March 5th, 2018. However, if their permits expire before that date, they will be allowed one month, until October 5, to apply for a two-year renewal.
President Trump has also provided a six-month period of time for Congress to work on the issue, saying he is not going to just cut DACA off, but rather provide a window of opportunity for Congress to finally act.
“As I’ve said before, we will resolve the DACA issue with heart and compassion — but through the lawful Democratic process — while at the same time ensuring that any immigration reform we adopt provides enduring benefits for the American citizens we were elected to serve,” Trump said.