DACA Program Ending

The Trump administration announced September 5, 2017 that it will be ending DACA in a 6 month “wind down” process.

Like most of this administration’s ill-conceived agenda, we do not know much about how DACA will end. What we do know is the following:

  • There will be a 6 month winding down process;
  • The Department of Homeland Security said it would no longer accept new applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals;
  • The agency said those currently enrolled in DACA will be able to continue working until their permits expire;
  • Those whose permits expire by March 5, 2018, will be permitted to apply for two-year renewals as long as they do so by Oct. 5;
  • New applications and renewal requests already received by DHS before Tuesday (Sept. 5, 2017) will be reviewed and validated on a case-by-case basis, even those for permits that expire after March 5, 2018;
  • DHS officials emphasized that if Congress fails to act and work permits begin to expire, dreamers will not be high priorities for deportations — but they would be issued notices to appear at immigration court if they are encountered by federal immigration officers;
  • There are no plans for DHS to share personal information, including home addresses, of dreamers who registered for work permits with enforcement officers unless there is an immediate concern over national security.