The Rescission of DACA and Projected Impact
As it stands, there are roughly 800,000 individuals in the United States
who have been granted protection under DACA. The DACA program, or Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals, was implemented on 2012 during the Obama
administration. This program provided certain children who immigrated
to the U.S. as children to remain and obtain an education. However, on
September 5, 2017, President Trump and his administration announced that
there would be a rescission for the DACA program.
When implemented, DACA granted children who were in the United States illegally
the right to deferred action for up to 2 years. After this period, the
deferment was subject to renewal. Now, countless individuals who currently
have DACA, applied for DACA, planned to apply for DACA, or need to renew
their DACA are worried about their status in the United States.
For individuals who do not currently have DACA, or had a pending DACA application,
the program will no longer accept new applications. Only DACA applications
received by the USCIS by September 5, 2017, will be processed. Anything
received later than this date will not be considered due to the official
termination of the program. That being said, if you have DACA that expires
on or before March 5, 2018, you must have applied for a renewal by October 5, 2017.
If you did not apply for renewal by this date, you cannot receive an extension
on DACA or your work permit, which will no longer be protected in the
United States by the expiration date. In other words, you could be subject
DACA recipients should also consider other ways in which these changes
may impact their future plans. Individuals who are protected by DACA may
continue to travel outside of the U.S. if they have valid advance parole
travel documents. They also must return to the United States prior to
the expiration of those documents.
For information about DACA rescission and how it might impact your status
in the United States, contact Guerra Sáenz, PL
in our Fort Lauderdale office.