The Trump administration announced today the end of DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This means that no new applications will be accepted after September 5, 2017. Individuals whose current DACA status expires before March 5, 2018 may renew for the last time. Young people who currently have DACA will be returned to their undocumented status and susceptible to deportation as early as March 5, 2018.
A June 15, 2012 memorandum established the program known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). DACA provided certain illegal immigrants who entered the US before the age of 16 a period of deferred action, as well as eligibility to request employment authorization. As of September 5, 2017, the Trump administration has rescinded the June 15, 2012 memorandum. Therefore, the DACA program has now been terminated.
- DHS will adjudicate initial DACA requests, as well as corresponding applications for Employment Authorization Documents that have been accepted as of September 5, 2017.
- DHS will reject all initial DACA requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents filed after September 5, 2017.
- DHS will adjudicate DACA renewals and associated Employment Authorization Documents that have been accepted as of September 5, 2017. Further, the documents will be accepted from current DACA beneficiaries whose benefits will expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, so long as the documents are submitted by October 5, 2017.
- All DACA renewals and associated application for the Employment Authorization Documents filed outside of the stated parameters will be rejected.
- Previously issued DACA deferred action and employment authorization documents will stay effective until the end of their validity period.
- All pending I-131 advanced parole applications under DACA will be administratively closed. The applicants will receive their application fees back.
For the full memorandum, see https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/09/05/memorandum-rescission-daca