The Current DACA Situation for DREAMers

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After the Supreme Court decision in June blocking Trump from ending the DACA program as he has been trying to do since 2017, we all waited to see what steps he would take to further hurt DREAMers. Here is what he has done so far:

  1. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will continue to accept DACA renewals, but it will not act on first-time initial applications. DHS claims to be reviewing the program, but it is clear that this is just a tactic to prevent new grants of DACA before November.
  2. Trump announced this week that renewals will only be for one year, and not for the two years granted in the past. This makes the renewal process more costly and will allow the Trump administration to terminate the program more quickly if it wins its court fights.
  3. As far as I can tell, DHS is not granting Advance Parole to those with DACA. This is the permit that allows those with DACA to travel outside the United States.

The upshot is, Trump is doing everything he can to hurt DREAMers.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.