On Sept. 5, President Donald Trump ordered an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
President Trump has promised since the beginning of his campaign to end programs like DACA. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, confirmed the plan at a press conference.
Enforced during the Obama Administration, DACA’s purpose is to allow certain illegal immigrants who came here as children, or are currently minors, to extend their citizenship through “deferred action.” This deferral makes them authorized to work or study here, but it can be renewed.
DACA protects nearly 800,000 Dreamers — the undocumented youths who benefit from this program — from deportation. It does not grant citizenship.
This is not the first time a decision about DACA has been discussed. Recently, it was brought to court by a group of Republican senators over its constitutionality. President Trump, since taking office, has renewed the status of nearly 200,000 recipients of DACA, but now he will attempt to stop giving out this protection.
With the Trump administration giving Congress a six-month time period to act, Dreamers were still safe to continue working and getting an education safely in the U.S. If rescinded, those currently protected under it would lose their work permits on March 6, 2018.
According to a survey from the Center for American Progress of about 3,000 DACA recipients, nine-tenths said they were employed and 72 percent of them were in higher education.
Some claim that DACA aids the American economy and is increasing jobs. If it was put to an end, it could cost Washington about $280 billion in lost tax revenue and lower the GDP dramatically within just a decade.
Others say DACA is taking jobs away from Americans, and that it is unconstitutional.
Over a week after the announcement, President Trump tweeted, “No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote.”
The Trump administration and Congress will continue to work on immigration reform and Dreamer’s are to be left wondering if a deal will ever be made.