On Sept. 5, President Donald J. Trump announced that he will end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA], a program that was an executive order under the previous president Barack Obama in 2012.
DACA is a program to protect young undocumented children from being deported while giving them an opportunity to go to school and work legally. The program allowed hundreds of thousands of young people to stay in the United States [U.S.], but applicants must have no serious criminal histories and they had to arrive in the U.S. in 2007 at an age under 16.
According to an article by NBC News titled, What Is DACA? Here’s What You Need to Know About the Program Trump Is Ending, “Sessions announced at a press event, calling the program unconstitutional and criticizing it as ‘unilateral executive amnesty.’” Currently, no new applications will be accepted, but the administration will allow DACA recipients to a work permit expiration date of March 5, 2018, to apply for another two-year renewal.
The administration is now giving Congress six months to protect those affected by the removal of the DACA program before the federal government officially stops renewing permits for current DACA recipients. If Congress fails to “fix” the problem with DACA within six months, then Trump will revisit this issue.