DACA Program Reaches Uncertain Conclusion

On March 5, the federal government was slated to begin the process of unwinding DACA—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals—the program that protects children born in other countries and brought to the United States by their undocumented parents from being deported. DACA also gives them renewable two-year work permits. But the end of DACA now is subject to legal challenges.

DACA was initiated through a 2012 executive action by former President Barack Obama. DACA participants often are referred to as "Dreamers," after the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act—DREAM Act—which would have granted them permanent residency. That legislation has failed multiple times to pass Congress. 

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement in 2017 to end DACA surprised and worried DACA recipients and their employers, who were uncertain how to move forward with changing requirements. However, two courts have upheld legal challenges that postpone the program's end.

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