The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was set to wind down on March 5 after the Trump administration announced the end of DACA on Sept. 5, 2017, but recent court rulings temporarily allow current DACA-holders to apply for a renewal of their status, protecting them from deportation and enabling them to continue working. Upon last fall’s announcement, President Trump challenged Congress to devise a legislative solution for Dreamers, however with March 5 just around the corner, Congress has made no progress toward that goal. The conversation has since broadened, as many members of Congress and the President want a solution for Dreamers to also include cuts to our family-based immigration and increased funding for enforcement. Dreamers continue to face immediate questions about their future and their ability to work, the possibility of their deportation, and whether a legal pathway for them will affect other immigrants in the future.
The court rulings that allow DACA recipients to renew their status will hopefully prevent up to a thousand individuals losing their status each day from March 5 on, but is just a temporary measure. Congress must act to provide a permanent legislative solutions for Dreamers and ensure family unity is protected.