On September 5, 2017, President Trump said he would be ending the DACA program on March 5, 2018.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. was created in 2012 as a temporary solution for the millions of undocumented immigrant children who have grown up in the United States. Since Congress failed to pass immigration reform, these children could not legalize their immigration status. In the program’s 5 year history, DACA has provided a temporary work authorization to nearly 800,000 men and women who qualified for the program. Because of DACA, young immigrant adults have been able to stay in the US and support their families. These young adults have completed their education, launched careers, bought homes, and participated in society without fear that they may be forced from the only home they have known.
Impact of DACA changes
Some important things to know about the DACA changes:
- October 5, 2017 is the last deadline for DACA renewals. All renewal petitions received by USCIS after October 5, 2017 will be rejected.
- Work permits are valid until their expiration date and you are not required to inform your current employer that DACA has ended. Also, your employer does not have the right to fire you, put you on leave, or change your current work status until your work permit expires.
- If you submitted a new DACA application before September 5, 2017, your pending application will be processed by USCIS and a decision of approval will be on a individual, case-by-case basis.
- If you have never applied for DACA, please note that as of September 5, 2017, USCIS will no longer accept new DACA applications.
For more information visit the NIJC website, ImmigrationLawHelp.org or the Illinois Coalition for Refugee and Immigrant Rights.