Facts about the March 5 DACA deadline

A number of questions have been raised about a looming March 5 deadline for DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Here are the facts:

  • 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.
  • A recent ruling by a federal judge in San Francisco essentially leaves the upcoming deadline all but moot for now.
  • 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.
  • In announcing the deadline, federal officials said that DACA recipients whose status was set to expire before March 5 would be allowed to apply for renewals of their applications and employee authorization forms.
  • But the upcoming deadline became far less significant when the federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s plans to end DACA, concluding that young immigrants would suffer “irreparable harm” as a result.
  • The Trump administration appealed the judge’s decision and petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court will decide on February 16 whether to review the case.
  • If the Supreme Court votes to review the case, as expected, it will likely render a decision before its session ends in June.  
  • In the meantime, the judge’s order 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.
  • Unless there’s an agreement in Congress, it’s unclear whether the DACA issue will be resolved by March 5, barring a surprise move by the Trump administration.
  • For now, the immigration debate in Congress appears to be at a standstill, with all sides digging in. The impending deadline may come and go with little impact.


Source: Associated Press