President Barack Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, will remain in effect under the Trump administration.
The Department of Homeland Security announced last Thursday that DACA’s provisions will remain in place.
President Donald Trump broke his campaign promise of deporting so-called “dreamers” — the young undocumented immigrants who have been temporarily spared from deportation, and given work permits under a program by former President Obama that began in 2012.
So far, close to 800,000 undocumented youth — including Filipinos — have benefitted from the program.
This means for now, those who currently have DACA can still get two-year extensions when their current status expires.
Those who have yet to apply can do so and get two-year protected status.
However, the Dreamers’ long-term fate remains unclear under the Trump administration.
No protection for undocumented parents of US citizens and lawful permanent residents
While the Trump administration spared DACA, it wiped out Obama’s other protection program for undocumented immigrants — the Deferred Action for parents of Americans and lawful permanent residents, or DAPA — which would have protected millions of undocumented immigrants.
DAPA never actually took effect after being signed in 2014, because the courts had blocked it pending further litigation, which has been ongoing.
The DHS formally rescinded the program instead of continuing to defend it in court, given President Trump’s opposition to it.