DACA changes spark fear among recipients
Trump administration says it will not be accepting new DACA applications while the program's legality is reviewed
LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - As we reported to you on Wednesday, the White House announced the U.S. will take steps to wind down legal protection for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
This comes more than a month after the Supreme Court blocked President Donald Trump’s attempt to end DACA.
The fight to keep DACA alive continues for DREAMers.
In a memo, the Trump Administration announced it will not restore the program to its original form.
DACA recipient Seven Flores believes this tactic is a political move, saying President Trump is under pressure to end DACA as November quickly approaches.
“One of the main promises from Trump was to end DACA right away and he hasn’t been able to do that,” said Flores. “A lot of his supporters are criticizing him for not doing a lot of the immigration policies he said he would do.”
The Department of Homeland Security says, they will not be accepting new DACA applications.
According to the Migration Policy Institute, there are over 60,000 undocumented immigrants who would have qualified if the administration accepted new applications.
Those already protected by DACA from deportation and a work permit through the program will be allowed to renew their status, but only for a year instead of every two years, a change Flores says he believes will financially affect many DREAMers since the cost to renew is close to $500.
“The fact it is only one year, it tell me that should be applying every five months so that permits not really a year actually. It’s probably 2/3 of a year.”
Flores says he is getting use to the continuous attempts to end the program but knows that those who support DREAMers will help make a change during the November election.
“I do worry about myself and other people, also parents that are connected to us. The children from DACA recipients, in some cases you’ve been our employers.”
One day after releasing these changes, senior Trump Administration officials reportedly said these rules could be a temporary measure until the next steps are determined.
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