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DACA coming to an end

Among the changes that sometimes occur in U.S. immigration law and policy is the ending of an immigration program. When a program is being brought to an end, there are many concerns individuals who received immigration benefits under the program may have. They may be worried about what the change will mean for their future. They also may have many questions regarding what they can do to try to further their immigration goals in the wake of the program ending. Such individuals may find bringing their concerns and questions to a skilled immigration attorney helpful.

This week, news came out of the ending of an immigration program. The program is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Under this program, certain undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children could qualify for work permits and deportation deferrals. The program has been the center of a great deal of debate.

On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced it is bringing DACA to an end. Specifically, it said it will be winding the program down over the next six months. Among the details of the winding down are that:

  • New applications for entry into the program will not be looked at, unless they were received as of Sept. 5.
  • Renewal requests by participants of the program whose enrollment in the program will be expiring between now and March 5 can be filed up until Oct. 5.
  • The permits of participants in the program, as long as they have not been revoked or terminated, will remain in force until their expiration date.

Now, what options might be available to DACA program participants in the wake of the winding down of the program is still unclear. One reason is that Congress could decide to act on the matter. One wonders if Congress will ultimately decide to take legislative steps in response to the ending of DACA, and if it does, what the legislation it opts for will mean for the short-term and long-term situation of individuals who received benefits under DACA.

Source: NPR, “Trump Ends DACA, Calls On Congress To Act,” Sept. 5, 2017

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