Summary of important issues arising from the Trump administration’s announcement on DACA
Last updated 9/7/2017
The Trump administration announced Sept. 5, 2017 that it is ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. DACA provides temporary protection from deportation and work authorization for certain young people who were brought to the U.S. as children.
Following the announcement, the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, issued a memo and FAQs describing how it plans to phase out DACA by March 5, 2018. The DHS memo and FAQs provide that after Sept. 5, 2017:
- Approved DACA requests and corresponding work permits will remain valid until they expire, unless otherwise revoked or ended by DHS.
- Initial DACA requests will no longer be processed and should not be filed.
- Renewal DACA requests may be filed only for recipients whose DACA will expire between Sept 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018. DACA renewal requests for these specific DACA recipients must be RECEIVED by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, by Oct. 5, 2017. DACA recipients with DACA expiring after March 5, 2018, are not eligible for renewal.
- DHS will not cancel previously approved advance parole documents (permission to leave the U.S. for a short time) that were given to DACA recipients based solely on the Sept. 5, 2017 DACA announcement. However, no new advance parole requests will be processed for DACA recipients. USCIS will close pending advance parole requests for DACA recipients and refund fees.
CLINIC will continue to fight for Dreamers. We stand in support of the more than 300 immigrant legal services providers in our network who have assisted tens of thousands of Dreamers.
CLINIC strongly advises all DACA recipients to seek legal assistance from qualified immigration services providers. Find a low-cost CLINIC affiliate in your area at cliniclegal.org/directory. We also strongly encourage you to learn more about your rights and how to avoid scams.