DACA is DEAD
Today the US Attorney General and the Trump Administration announced the end of the DACA program. The 2012 executive order was issued by President Obama and protected over 700,000 children and young adults from deportation. The program allowed these individuals to attend college, obtain work authorization and have an opportunity to create their own american dream.
Unfortunately, the DACA program will be phased out over the next 6 months. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer accept initial DACA applications filed after today or renewal applications filed after October 5, 2017. Today's announcement should not affect your current DACA status or pending application. However, it will become void after expiration. The burden has now shifted to Congress to enact new immigration legislation. Let's hope Congress will act swiftly to address this important issue!