Trump Terminates DACA. USCIS Will No Longer Accept New Applications, Renewals End Next Month
September 5, 2017
The Trump Administration has announced that is terminating the Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, ending months of speculation over whether the Obama era program would survive under President Trump. In a memorandum published through the USCIS website, DHS set out how DACA will be quickly phased out:
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer accept new DACA applications filed after today, September 5, 2017; properly filed initial applications and renewals that have already been received as of today will be adjudicated;
DACA holders with employment authorizations scheduled to expire before March 5, 2018 may apply by October 5, 2017 for two-year renewals. After October 5, 2017, all renewal applications will be rejected.
All currently pending applications for DACA related travel authorization will be administratively closed. Already granted travel documents will be valid for their validity period "subject to CBP'S exercise of discretion at entry."
Current DACA beneficiaries will be able to continue to use their work authorization until the document expires
DACA currently protects approximately 800,000 young people from deportation in the US, and up to 1.9 million would potentially benefit if the Trump Administration did not make today's announcement of its plan to cease the program. DACA was created under the Obama administration after the Dream Act, which would provide permanent legal relief to young unauthorized migrants to entered the US as children, repeatedly failed in a divided Congress.