September 27, 2017
In 2012, President Obama implemented a program entitled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This made it so that children brought here by illegal immigrants would be allowed to stay in the U.S.
As long as those kids, known as Dreamers, came into the country before the age of 16 and before 2007, and they didn’t have a serious criminal record, they were eligible to apply for DACA. The program gives them the ability to live and work here for two-year periods of time until the government checks on their eligibility again.
Around 800,000 people are currently covered by DACA, and if the program were to continue, it could grow to include over a million Dreamers. However, the program will not continue.
On Tuesday, September 5th, the Trump Administration decided to discontinue DACA, which means that over 800,000 young people could be deported in the near future. They did allow for a six-month grace period to figure things out before the deportations begin, though.
No new applications are being accepted, and those with work permits that expire after the grace period will be allowed to apply for another two-year renewal.