White House discussing whether DACA deadline can be moved

Kristopher Drake
September 1, 2017

A senior administration official told Fox News that Trump will live up to his campaign pledge to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but he could allow some of those affected to remain in the US for the duration of their work permits - a duration that could be as long for some as two years.

An announcement on the future of the program could come as soon as Friday, Reuters reported, citing a senior administration official who said Mr. Trump was likely to rescind the protections.

DACA has allowed a generation of young adults, who immigrated to the US illegally as children, to live and work here legally. There are now more than 750,000 DACA recipients, according to the Pew Research Center, all of whom have a great deal to lose.

The president has until September 5 to make a decision, a deadline set by a group of Republican state lawmakers threatening to challenge the program in court.

Trump is considering ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which President Barack Obama created. During the 2016 campaign, Trump pledged to "immediately terminate President Obama's two illegal executive amnesties".

The Trump administration has not yet said whether it would defend the program if that happens - DACA is still under review, said a White House spokeswoman in an email - and Wednesday's statement from leaders around the country made an economic as well as moral argument. Jeff Sessions, the USA attorney general, has called DACA "very questionable in my opinion constitutionally".

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton has signed the "We Are With Dreamers" letter in a show of solidarity with other elected officials who support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. She, her mother and her older sister are not US citizens, but her two younger siblings are.


"DACA is a very, very hard subject for me", Trump said in February.

"We don't know if [the Trump administration] will completely change the way they do I-9s", she said. First, it would remove productive workers from our economy, while costing the United States government tens of billions in lost future tax revenues and the direct costs of deportation.

There are now 800,000 young immigrants enrolled in the program.

However, Borovska said, the Trump administration may step up its I-9 audit program to cover more ground and surveil businesses. But since the advent of DACA, Ms. Alvarez completed high school and became the first person in her extended family to graduate from college, with a degree in political science and sociology from the University of Utah.

DACA has provided hundreds of thousands of young people with a taste of the rights that so many of us take for granted.

Indeed, she and another DACA recipient and Washington Dream Coalition organizer, Cinthia Illan-Vazquez, said they didn't even want to be called Dreamers.

In fact, DACA DREAMers, (sometimes called DACAmented DREAMers) are not now safe from being deported, even though DACA should allow them to remain in the US.

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