On September 5, 2017, President Trump issued a written statement read aloud by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announcing the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The President has put into place a 6-month “wind-down” of the DACA program.
What we know so far:
- During this 6-month period, all applications that have already been filed and are pending will be processed, as well as renewal applications for those facing near-term expiration.
- New applications for work permits will not be accepted.
- USCIS will adjudicate properly filed pending DACA renewal requests and associated applications for employment authorization from current beneficiaries as of September 5th, as well as current beneficiaries whose benefits will expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 that have been accepted as of October 5, 2017.
- All existing work permits will be honored until their date of expiration up to two full years from September 5, 2017.
- The USCIS will not approve any new Form I-131 applications for advance parole under the DACA program and will administratively close all pending Form I-131 applications, refunding all associated fees.
- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will generally honor valid and previously approved advanced parole applications; however, they retain the authority to determine the admissibility of those re-entering on advance parole an retain the authority to revoke or terminate the advance parole document at any time.
We at MPLG oppose this Administration’s rescission of the DACA program. We urge all of you to contact your Congressional Representative and ask them to support the DREAMERs, a community of over 800,000 young people who are American in every way, but for papers.
We at MPLG support the Bi-Partisan Bill S.1615: Dream Act of 2017, introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) on July 20, 2017, which would provide a pathway towards lawful permanent residence for young people who were brought here as children.