• Michelle Hebert

Donald Trump ending DACA

President Donald Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, which Barack Obama created in 2012. Trump has told news outlets that he made the decision with the people’s hearts in mind.

After Trump made the decision about DACA, protests broke out, and angry individuals shared their opinions. As a result, Trump started to push congress to find a way to continue it, according to the New York Times.

Congress will have six months to make a program that will protect the 800,000 people who are currently protected under it before action will be taken against them. The people protected under DACA are commonly known as Dreamers. However, according to CNN, “not all DREAMers became DACA recipients.”

DACA protected Dreamers who were brought to the United States as children. A Dreamer could live in the U.S. under DACA, but the whole program came with conditions. One of the biggest conditions dealt with education: the person had to currently be enrolled in school, have obtained a GED, or have obtained a high school degree. Other conditions dealt with the age of the people applying, how long they have lived in the United States, and criminal records.

The Dreamers protected now can only do so much to continue living life in the U.S. Three options are in place for the current recipients of DACA, according to CNN: work permits issued under DACA will be upheld until they expire, DACA applications received before the decision was made will be processed, and a person’s status that is set to expire by March 5, 2018, has one month to apply for another two-year permit.

Congress taking action could give the Dreamers hope for their futures of life in the U.S. However, if congress doesn’t take action, about 300,000 recipients will be at risk for deportation in 2018, and the rest will be at risk in 2019, CNN reported.