March 05, 2018
WASHINGTON ― Congress was supposed to act by Monday to help undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children, also known as Dreamers. President Donald Trump and Congress broke that deadline. Some lawmakers insisted that court decisions that allowed some Dreamers to renew their deportation relief meant the deadline no longer mattered.
Dreamers Aren’t Safe Just Because The Courts Ruled Against Trump On DACA
But many Dreamers could be subject to deportation despite the court rulings.
Some people who applied for renewed protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are still awaiting approval, which means they could lose their jobs, driver’s licenses and deportation relief, even if only temporarily. Many other Dreamers are unaffected by the court rulings because they never held DACA protection in the first place, either because they were too young to apply or failed to do so.
Immigration attorney Jessica Jenkins, who works at the San Jose, California, nonprofit Center for Employment Training, said that her organization works with about two dozen Dreamers whose DACA status is set to expire in the next two months, and only three have heard back about renewal. She has one client whose DACA protection is set to expire on March 9 and is still waiting to be approved for renewal. The Dreamer applied in January, soon after the first of two courts issued injunctions requiring the Trump administration to reopen the program to people who had been previously approved.
It’s unknown exactly how many Dreamers are about to lose their protections. When Trump ended DACA in September, he allowed recipients to apply to renew their two-year permits only if they were set to expire on or before March 5. If the courts hadn’t intervened, DACA holders were expected to begin losing status at a rate of nearly 1,000 per day beginning March 6, based on when each individual’s permit expired.
Now, because of the court orders, all DACA recipients are able to apply for renewal. But the government doesn’t prioritize applicants whose DACA protection expires soon or has already lapsed, so they could face long wait times.
Some people have been approved for renewal, but it’s likely that many others will temporarily lose their protections and work permits during the approval process, which can take months. Only about a third of Dreamers with DACA status set to expire in March had applied for renewal by the end of January, according to the most recent figures from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Of all DACA holders with permits set to expire after March 5, only about 14,000 had applied by Jan. 31.
It’s possible that many more DACA holders applied for renewal in February and early March. But the rate of people applying in January was concerningly low, said Philip Wolgin, who works on immigration policy at the progressive Center for American Progress research and advocacy organization.
Some of the people with pending renewal applications as of the end of January already lost their protections. Although they may get them back, they’re vulnerable in the meantime because the Trump administration has said it will arrest even those not designated as a priority. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained a Dreamer whose DACA had lapsed in February but then released him after criticism from officials and the public.
“It doesn’t matter that you have a pending application in,” Wolgin said. “If your DACA has expired, you’re not protected from anything. They just can and will go after you.”
Most immigration reform advocates rejected the idea of the March 5 deadline, although it was one often cited by Trump and Congress. Some DACA holders who were offered an opportunity to renew under the original phase-out of the program failed to do so and began to lose their protections well before March 5.
By ending DACA, Trump also shut out an estimated 120,000 undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children and would have aged into the program, which most Dreamers are eligible for only after they turn 15.
“Congress has interpreted it as a deadline, but for us the deadline was Sept. 5,” said Kamal Essaheb, policy and advocacy director at National Immigration Law Center. “That’s when the program really went away.”
Supporters of action to help Dreamers aren’t giving up just because Congress didn’t meet its own deadline. Hundreds of Dreamers and allies gathered in Washington to mark March 5, including by engaging in civil disobedience that led to arrests. Democratic lawmakers called for action in floor speeches and at a news conference at the Capitol.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was “pathetic” that Congress had done nothing and was “using the courts as an excuse.” She accused lawmakers of failing to try to help Dreamers, although the White House rejected multiple bipartisan proposals last month and put forward a plan that didn’t pass the Senate.
The failure to move by the “deadline” was painful for DACA recipients. Multiple Dreamers at a rally on the National Mall on Wednesday said they had believed Congress would do something by March 5 but now don’t expect it to in the next few months. It’s still worth being in Washington to try to draw some attention to the cause, said Kelvin Lopez-Garcia, a 21-year-old college student from Wichita, Kansas, who was able to renew his DACA status to November 2019.
“Right now, we’re pretty much just making as much ruckus as we can so people know this is something that still matters,” he said.
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Kevin Feige on 'WandaVision' And The Future of The Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney Plus
January 17, 2021
9AzttR4LaWg
'Promising Young Woman' Ending Analyzed By Carey Mulligan And Emerald Fennell
January 17, 2021
Rhj2RmWVup4
Golden Globes 2021: Best Drama Series
January 13, 2021
TrTjbEY6VQU
Mario Lopez, Tiffani Thiessen react to Dustin Diamond’s cancer diagnosis | Page Six Celebrity News
January 15, 2021
x4Hz209X0eg
Why 'Bling Empire' stars were skeptical to join the Netflix reality series | Page Six Celebrity News
January 15, 2021
3oHt4Cqr1J0
Bella Thorne defends Armie Hammer against allegations | Page Six Celebrity News
January 15, 2021
W0-pu9wJVkE
Gabrielle Union Shares Romantic Video on Dwyane Wade's Birthday
January 17, 2021
WZNY1Oe4CEs
Jennifer Lopez Claps Back at Botox Claims, Denies Cosmetic Surgery
January 17, 2021
upVK1ilAgWs
Phil Spector Dies in Prison at Age 81
January 17, 2021
36NxAZVd5B4
Andrew Zimmern Says Prisoners Need Better Food, Even Capitol Rioters | TMZ
January 16, 2021
sbz0nx1qST0
L.A. County Supervisor Enraged Clinics Throw Unused Vaccines in the Trash | TMZ
January 14, 2021
Upzfh-nEbq0
Drake Returns To Working Out, Looks Great! | TMZ TV
January 14, 2021
JlKeaD2mjoA
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
18
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Cagliari - AC Milan
17
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Inter Milan - Juventus
17
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Liverpool - Manchester United
17
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Sheffield United - Tottenham Hotspur
17
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Crystal Palace
17
Jan
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Bayern Munich - SC Freiburg
17
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Napoli - Fiorentina
17
Jan
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Eintracht Frankfurt - Schalke
17
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Atalanta - Genoa
17
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Crotone - Benevento
17
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Sassuolo - Parma
16
Jan
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund - Mainz
16
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Fulham - Chelsea
16
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leicester City - Southampton
15
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - Roma
14
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Crystal Palace
13
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Brighton
13
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur - Fulham
13
Jan
GERMANY: National cup
Holstein Kiel - Bayern Munich
12
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Burnley - Manchester United
12
Jan
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Sevilla
10
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Sassuolo
10
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Udinese - Napoli
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
zWJ3MxW_HWA L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.