WASHINGTON, D.C. — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients find themselves in a precarious situation today, the date the administration set in September for the final termination of the program.
Although court rulings allow existing recipients to renew, tens of thousands have not done so. And for the tens of thousands who have applied for renewal or will, the time lag for a decision by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services makes it likely that many will lose work authorization, get laid off from their jobs and be at risk for deportation.
“President Trump’s decision to end DACA and his unwillingness to accept a bipartisan deal mean that thousands of DACA recipients, their families and their employers face an uncertain future,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “Congressional leadership from both sides of the aisle should work together to stabilize lives and worksites by finding a legislative solution for DACA recipients.”