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    What is DACA and what does the Trump administration want to do with it?

    What is DACA and what does the Trump administration want to do with it?

    Nearly 800,000 undocumented youth fell under the DACA program's umbrella.
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    President Trump and lawmakers are still struggling to come up with a plan for the hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

    In September, the Trump administration announced its plan to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) – which provides a level of amnesty to certain undocumented immigrants, many of whom came to the U.S. as children – with a six-month delay for recipients.

    Trump set a deadline of March 5 as the end date for the DACA program, but a lower court ordered the administration to continue to accept renewal applications indefinitely. The U.S. Supreme Court declined in late February to take up the administration's request for an appeal of the order that requires the continuing acceptance of renewal applications.

    Here’s a look at the DACA program and why the Trump administration wants to dismantle it.

    The DACA program was formed through executive action by former President Barack Obama in 2012 and allowed certain people who came to the U.S. illegally as minors to be protected from immediate deportation. Recipients, called Dreamers, were able to request “consideration of deferred action” for a period of two years, which was subject to renewal.

    “Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time,” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services stated. “Deferred action does not provide lawful status.”

    Individuals were able to request DACA status if they were under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012, came to the U.S. before turning 16 and continuously lived in the country since June 15, 2007.

    Individuals also had to have a high school diploma, GED certification, been honorably discharged from the military or still be in school. Recipients could not have a criminal record.

    It did not provide “legal status.”

    How many people are affected by DACA?

    Nearly 800,000 undocumented youth are under the program's umbrella.

    Thousands of people could lose their jobs if the DACA program is rescinded permanently, according to a study by left-leaning think tank Center for American Progress.

    Daniel Garza, president of the conservative immigration nonprofit Libre Initiative, told Fox News that DACA offers a “reprieve from a life of uncertainty for innocent kids who didn’t break the law.”

    “It’s rather disappointing to think they could return to a state of anxiety and fear,” he said.

    What did the Trump administration do?

    The Trump administration announced in September 2017 that it planned to phase out DACA for current recipients, and no new requests would be granted. But a lower court order requires the administration to continue accepting renewal applications for those under the DACA program, and the Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration's request to intervene.

    While the courts’ decisions have relieved much of the urgency surrounding the March 5 deadline, there are nearly 22,000 people whose initial applications have yet to be decided and are at risk until their petitions are granted.

    Since the announcement, Trump has offered to work with lawmakers on a solution for the hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. who fell under DACA’s umbrella of protections.

    But he has also repeatedly blamed Democrats on social media for lack of a solution.

    Earlier this year, Trump released his “four pillars” of immigration reform, which included a provision for legal status for DACA recipients and others who would be eligible for DACA status.

    The White House estimated that total to be 1.8 million people. The Senate rejected the plan.

    Republicans – and some Democrats – opposed Obama’s directive establishing DACA from the start as a perceived overreach of executive power.

    Obama spoke out on social media after the Trump administration announced a plan to dismantle the program, stating that it's "self-defeating ... and it is cruel" to end DACA and questioned the motive behind the decision.

    Barack Obama

    about 6 months ago
    Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure
    borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have
    legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system
    so that everybody plays by the rules.

    But that’s not what the action that the White House took today is
    about. This is about young people who grew up in America – kids
    who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers,
    patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dr...

    Do any DACA recipients serve in the military?

    Despite some rumors circulating online to the contrary, Dreamers were eligible to serve in the U.S. military since 2014 when the Pentagon adopted a policy to allow a certain amount of undocumented immigrants to join.

    In fiscal year 2016, 359 DACA recipients had enlisted in the Army – which is the only branch to accept immigrants of this category.

    A Department of Defense official said in April that the military would continue to accept noncitizen recruits, but it is unclear if that will continue to be the case.

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    The new "deadline" for YOU traitors that vote for DACA is coming up in NOVEMBER...

    Kiss your rear ends goodbye because we are taking names and voting you OUT!



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    It's over, it's done. As far as Trump and the U.S. Congress is concerned, it should be over. The deadline has come and gone. Unfortunately we still have to deal with the court order, but that is something the courts will have to work out. If the U.S. Supreme Court were to actually rule against the program ending, I'd just curl up under my blanket and stay there for the remaining days of my life because I would then know my country is too far gone to save! Okay, maybe I exaggerate a little, but darn it, this whole mess just doesn't make any sense.
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