Trump Admin Terminates DACA
On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced the DACA program will be ending. Well over half a million young immigrants in the US have benefited from DACA. The program granted temporary protection from deportation and ability to work legally for a renewable two year period, if certain conditions were met. A few key points: no new DACA applications may be filed, but existing DACA beneficiaries whose status expires on or before March 5, 2018 may file for extensions before October 5, 2017. Current DACA beneficiaries with expirations after March 5, 2018 are not eligible for extensions. Their status and work permits, as well as protection from deportation, will expire at the end of their current period of approval. Thus, please note that DACA will not be revoked from existing applicants before the expiration date already granted by USCIS. However, as a program, it will not be available in the future unless Congress takes action to pass immigration regulations.