The current president announced the end of the DACA program on September
5, 2017. DACA stands for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a
U.S. immigration policy that allowed some individuals who entered the
country as children to receive a renewable 2-year period of deferred action
from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. As of this year, around
800,000 individuals were enrolled in the program created by DACA.
Earlier in June, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced it
intended to repeal the executive order issued by the Obama administration
that expanded the DACA program, though the overall existence would continue
to be reviewed. On the same day the president announced DACA’s end,
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the program’s repeal. Sessions
indicated the DACA-eligible individuals were “lawbreakers”
who adversely impacted the wages and employment of native-born Americans.
The president also stated that “virtually all . . . top legal experts”
believed DACA was unconstitutional, though fact-checkers say only a few
economists think DACA adversely affects native-born workers.
The rescission was challenged in court by several entities, including the
cities of Washington, DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The day after the
decision was announced, 15 states and the District of Columbia filed a
New York v. Trump in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. A few
days later, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a separate
lawsuit, which was joined by the states of Maine, Minnesota, and Maryland.
Recently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decided not to extend
an October 5th deadline for DACA recipients to renew their status. DHS stopped accepting
new DACA applications on September 5th with a 6-month window for Congress to act, allowing existing DACA recipients
with permits that expire on or before March 5, 2018, to apply for renewal.
If you think you might be affected by the potential repeal of DACA, make
sure to talk to one of our
Cleveland immigration lawyers as soon as possible.
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