Some Maryland residents may be concerned to learn that President Donald Trump may choose to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, by Sept. 5. According to media outlets, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has threatened to sue the Trump administration over the policy on that date.
While multiple sources have reportedly said that Trump is leaning toward terminating DACA, a senior administration official also said that he could change his mind. In January, the president told ABC News that his administration would create a tough border. However, he also claimed that he has a "big heart" and that DREAMers, or individuals shielded by DACA, do not need to worry.
DACA, which was implemented by the Obama administration in 2012, allows immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to remain in the country and obtain work permits if they meet certain requirements. As of March 31, 787,580 first-time DACA grants and 799,077 renewals had been issued. Trump has the option of immediately ending DACA through an executive order. However, if he does that, it is unclear what would happen to people who have already been granted DACA protections. In July, a bipartisan Senate bill was introduced that would grant legal status to DREAMers.
If the Trump administration chooses to end DACA, it could create a complicated legal situation for thousands of immigrants. Current DREAMers may find it helpful to consult with an immigration attorney about their status. Likewise, individuals who had planned to file for protections or citizenship under DACA may benefit by seeking the advice of an attorney.
Source: ABC News, "Trump leaning toward ending DACA program for undocumented immigrants brought to U.S. as children: Sources", Katherine Faulders, Aug. 25, 2017