On September 5th 2017, the Department of Justice announced that they are have ended the DACA program. Attorney General Jeff Sessions disclosed that the Trump administration will stop considering new applications for legal status as of September 5th but will allow DACA recipients with a permit set to expire on March 5th 2018, will be allowed to apply for a two year renewal if they apply by October 5th.
President Obama implemented this policy as an executive action but this law, could suddenly disappear if President Trump decides to nix it. Nearly 800,000 Dreamers came out of hiding and registered for DACA, right after the government introduced it.
WHAT WERE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR DACA
- You were under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012
- You first came to the United States before your 16th birthday;You have lived continuously in the United States from June 15, 2007 until the present;
- You were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 and at the time you apply;You came to the United States without documents before June 15, 2012, or your lawful status expired as of June 15, 2012
- You are currently studying, or you graduated from high school or earned a certificate of completion of high school or GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or military (technical and trade school completion also qualifies) and
- You have NOT been convicted of a felony, certain significant misdemeanors (including a single DUI), or three or more misdemeanors of any kind. Consult with an attorney about ANY contact you have had with law enforcement or immigration authorities.
DACA authorizations will expire at the end of their two – year life span, says the Department of Homeland Security. The program invariably runs out at different times for different recipients. Meanwhile, the last authorization for those who already have DACA, would end on March 5th 2020.