Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program announcement
On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, a federal judge ruled that the government must resume accepting applications to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Federal judge orders government to accept DACA applications - United Press International, April 25, 2018
Judge deals big setback to Trump on ‘Dreamers’ program - Associated Press, April 25, 2018
On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a press release noting that the agency will continue to accepts DACA requests for renewals in accordance with the court rulings.
Immigration officials will keep processing DACA renewals because of court injunctions - CNBC, March 7, 2018
On Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, the U.S. Supeme Court declined the Trump Administration's request to review a federal district court order that temporariliy blocked the proposal to end the DACA program.
Supreme Court declines to decide fate of ‘Dreamers’ just yet - Associated Presss, Feb. 26, 2018
Supreme Court declines to rule on White House appeal of DACA injunction - United Press International, Feb. 26, 2018
On Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, a federal judge temporarily blocked the plan to end the DACA program.
Judge blocks Trump decision to end young immigrant program - Associated Presss, Jan. 9, 2018
On Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, President Trump discussed a potential agreement to assist the beneficiaries of the DACA program
Trump suggests 2-phase immigration deal for ‘Dreamers' - Associated Presss, Jan. 10, 2018
On Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, 15 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit to attempt to block President Trump's plan to end the DACA program.
On Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the federal government will no longer accept new applications from undocumented immigrants for the DACA program.
However, the current beneficiaries of the DACA program will not be immediately affected by the announcement. No details are available yet about how the current beneficiaries may be affected in the future.
Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis' response to the announcement - Issued on Sept. 5, 2017
Ohio University Student Senate's statement in response to the announcement - Issued on Sept. 2, 2017
Trump Moves to End DACA and Calls on Congress to Act - New York Times article, Sept. 5, 2017
Trump administration announces end of immigration protection program for ‘dreamers’ - Washington Post article, Sept. 5, 2017
Attorney generals from 15 states, D.C., sue to save DACA, Washington Post article, Sept. 6, 2017
5 things Ohio U is doing to support DACA-protected students - The New Political article, Sept. 12, 2017
Information about DACA
What is DACA?
DACA is a federal government program created in 2012 under President Barack Obama to allow people brought to the US illegally as children the temporary right to live, study and work legally in America. Those applying are vetted for any criminal history or threat to national security and must be students or have completed school or military service. If they pass vetting, action to deport them is deferred for two years, with a chance to renew, and they become eligible for basics like a driving license, college enrollment or a work permit.
Who are the ‘Dreamers’?
Those protected under DACA are known as “Dreamers” and 787,580 have been granted approval. To apply, they must have been younger than 31 on 15 June 2012, when the program began, and “undocumented”, lacking legal immigration status. They must have arrived in the US before turning 16 and lived in the US continuously since June 2007. Most Dreamers are from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and the largest numbers live in California, Texas, Florida and New York. They currently range in age from 15 to 36, according to the White House.
Large numbers of the DACA beneficiaries are employed with employment authorization documents (EADs) and/or enrolled in schools. Their employers and/or schools may not have any knowledge or way to know that their continued employment or education is affected by the phasing-out of DACA.
Why are they called Dreamers?
The DACA program was a compromise devised by the Obama administration after Congress failed to pass the so-called Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (Dream) Act, which would have offered those who had arrived illegally as children the chance of permanent legal residency. The bipartisan act was first introduced in 2001 and has repeatedly failed to pass.
This information is from the "What is Daca and who are the Dreamers?" article published in The Guardian on Sept. 5, 2017. The article has additional information about the program.
What will happen to the Dreamers?
- New applications under DACA will no longer be accepted.
- Current DACA beneficiaries continue to have lawful presence and employment authorization until their DACA approval expires (all DACA approvals expire in 2 years or less).
- If they have less than 6 months remaining in their DACA approval as of Sept. 5, they have 30 days from Sept. 5 to apply for a final two-year renewal.
- After October 5, 2017 no more DACA renewal applications will be accepted.
- DACA beneficiaries with more than 6 months remaining in their current approval will not be allowed to extend, so DACA approvals will start to expire on March 6, 2018, if Congress does not take action.
- Dreamers could all lose their status by March 2020. It is still unclear about what actions the federal government will take towards the Dreamers.
- The National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) advises DACA beneficiaries to not travel outside of the U.S.to visit relatives or study abroad, due to potential problems they could face returning to the U.S.
- Congress will now act in the next six months on the DACA program.
- Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Wednesday morning that it should take “six hours” not six months to solve the problem. He also encouraged the Dreamers to move to Ohio, as the state supports them.
- "We're putting kids, young people in jeopardy, this is not the America that we all love, this is a melting pot," he said in a Sept. 6 interview on CBS News. "If the Dreamers want to go somewhere and live, come to Ohio, we want all the immigrants to come to Ohio, we know how much immigrants contribute."