Facts about DACA

A number of questions have been raised about a deadline that the Trump administration set months ago to end DACA on March 5.

Here are the facts:

  • Recent federal court rulings have essentially rendered the March 5 deadline moot for now. If you are eligible for DACA renewal, you should submit your application materials as soon as possible.
  • Provisions of California’s AB 540 will not be affected by federal actions regarding DACA. Enrollment and financial aid for AB 540 students, including students who may be undocumented, will remain in place.
  • Recent rulings by federal judges in San Francisco and New York blocked the Trump administration from ending the DACA program.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 26 declined a request by the Trump administration to issue a quick ruling on the San Francisco federal court judge's decision to keep the program in place. At this point, the case will wind its way through the federal appeals court system. 
  • In the meantime, the orders by the two federal court judges to accept DACA renewals will remain in effect. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is accepting and processing DACA renewals just as it had before the September announcement. This includes renewals for applicants whose permits expire after March 5.
  • The March 5 deadline was announced in September when the Trump administration said it was ending the DACA program, which protected from deportation and provided work permits for about 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children.
  • For now, the immigration debate in Congress appears to be at a standstill, with all sides digging in. DACA advocates plan to intensify pressure on the White House and Congress for permanent protection.

 

Source: Associated Press and other news reports