Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the federal government is ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The DACA program offers an incredibly important employment authorization document for young people in the United States unlawfully. More than 750,000 people have applied for and received DACA since President Barack Obama created it in 2012.
Protests immediately broke out all across the country. Today, fifteen states and Washington, D.C. filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the repeal. The University of California has thousands of students who are on DACA who will immediately have to drop out if they lose their status.
The cancellation of the DACA program is possibly the cruelest and most mean-spirited action that President Donald Trump has taken against immigrants and their families. It also manifests the worst fear of many people who volunteered their personal data to apply for DACA – the government now knows where they live and work and is eventually going to chase them down and arrest them.
Hopefully, the legal challenges to this outrageous action have success. For now, I am encouraging all over my DACA clients to apply for a renewal as soon as possible. The lawsuits will work their way to the Supreme Court, who will ultimately have the final say on DACA.
Protests outside Trump Tower in New York City
Protesters in San Francisco