DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or “Dream Act”) on Tuesday officially received its “pink-slip” and will be terminated in 6 month’s time. The announcement was made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on this decision by the President.
DACA applicants need a list of qualifying attributes:
– Came to the United States before their 16th birthday
– Have lived continuously in the United States since 15 June 2007
– Were under age 31 on 15 June 2012 (i.e., born on 16 June 1981 or after)
– Were physically present in the United States on 15 June 2012.
– Had no lawful status on 15 June 2012
– Have completed high school or a GED, have been honorably discharged from the armed forces
– Have not been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanors, or three or more other misdemeanors
The DACA program was executed by President Obama in 2012. It gave qualified applicants a legal protection from deportation for 2 years. The application can be renewed and importantly have them able to work.
The current estimate is that nearly 800,000 immigrants benefit from the program.
According to A.G. Sessions’ announcement today, for Dream Act beneficiaries whose permits expire on or after March 6, 2018, will immediately lose legal protection. This means, there is immediate danger of being deported.
There are arguments FOR and AGAINST the act from both sides. The overall affects on the US, culturally and economically, won’t be evident until several years down the line.
After the press announcement, A.G. Sessions did not take any questions.