Here's What to Know If DACA Ends

Marie Harrington
September 1, 2017

An announcement on the program could come as soon as this week.

The idea of allowing the roughly 800,000 immigrants now protected by the program to stay for as long as two years under current work permits is supported even by numerous groups that want DACA scrapped.

DACA, established by executive action in 2012 by President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump defends pardoning former Sheriff Arpaio OPINION: Trump, strike a deal: Trade border wall funding for DACA protections Rand Paul slams Trump reversal on military gear for local police MORE, allows nearly 800,000 individuals who entered the country illegally as minors to stay in the USA and obtain work permits.

He was speaking on a conference call Wednesday with Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski, both signatories to a statement urging Trump to defend Dreamers against a court challenge threatened by 10 state attorneys general who want to end the program.

During the presidential campaign, Trump vowed to end the program, calling it another example of Obama's abuse of executive power. Following are some of Trump's comments on the so-called Dreamer policy: February 16, 2017, news conference at the White House - "We're gonna show great heart, DACA is a very, very hard subject for me, I will tell you". He said many only know life in the U.S.

Months ago, President Trump said he would treat DACA recipients "with heart".

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"Speculating what would happen at the ballot box, gosh, I can't imagine it being good", Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said. His work permit has enabled him to pursue higher education and earn a bachelor's degree in kinesiology, and today he works as a program manager for the nonprofit Latino Leadership Council, helping homeless Americans connect to the care they need. Revoking DACA would mean that hundreds of thousands of young people would lose their ability to drive, to work, to continue living in the country where they grew up and that they know as home.

Borovska said if DACA is scrapped, many Dreamers will leave their traditional jobs and form their own businesses to work as independent contractors. The president could decide to eliminate the program immediately, or simply stop approving new applications and allow the remaining DACA terms to expire.

There are now 800,000 young immigrants enrolled in the program.

Now 26 and with a 7-year-old daughter, she calls the idea of DACA being dismantled by the Trump administration and targeted for deportation "overwhelming".

But the legal landscape also depends on how Trump might end the program. But the president has since spoken highly of DACA recipients who have gone to college and succeeded in launching careers in this country.

The administration has continued to allow Dreamers to apply for the program and has even renewed their permits - at almost the rate of the Obama administration - which has angered some of his own supporters.

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