President Obama ordered the creation of DACA in 2012, after Congress failed to pass numerous prior versions of the DREAM Act to allow certain immigrants to receive temporary reprieve from deportation and to apply for work authorization.Memorandum from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to Heads of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion With Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children,” June 15, 2012; and Yamiche Alcindor and Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “After 16 Futile Years, Congress Will Try Again to Legalize ‘Dreamers,’” New York Times, September 5, 2017.
On September 5, 2017, President Trump announced that he would end DACA, but that no actions to revoke DACA status would be taken for at least six months to give Congress time to act.David Nakamura, “Trump Administration Announces End of Immigration Protection Program for ‘Dreamers,’” Washington Post, September 5, 2017.
Despite Trump’s pledge to work with Congress, legislative efforts stalled in 2017.Brian Bennett, “DACA Negotiations Slow as Trump Demands More Than Democrats Will Give,” Los Angeles Times, November 17, 2017.
The government stopped accepting both new DACA applications and renewals and, unless a bill is passed, will work to wind down the program for the approximately 800,000 immigrants who currently have DACA status.Adam Edelman, “Trump Ends DACA Program, No New Applications Accepted,” NBC, September 5, 2017.
Without a legislative solution, the people currently protected by the program will be subject to deportation as their DACA status and work permits begin to expire. Adam Edelman, “Trump Ends DACA Program, No New Applications Accepted,” NBC, September 5, 2017.