NAICU Washington Update

Trump Administration Rescinds DACA Program

September 14, 2017

Facing legal challenges on the constitutionality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program established by President Obama, the Trump Administration announced that the program would be phased out.  DACA would end in its entirety in 24 months, with no new applicants accepted after September 5, the date of Administration’s announcement.  No current enrollee would lose DACA status for six months – giving Congress a specific time frame to address the plight of the individuals involved.

NAICU alerted its membership about the rescission of the program, and signed a community letter to Congressional leaders urging quick action on bipartisan legislation that would create a path to citizenship for the population known as “Dreamers.”  Dreamers are individuals brought to the U.S. as children who have grown up in the United States, attended schools, and who contribute to the nation’s economy.  The Dream Act would create a path to citizenship, and has been introduced in numerous sessions of Congress over the years.

Sens. Graham (R-SC) and Durbin (D-IL) announced that they would take the lead in drafting new legislation that would address the rescission of DACA and the people affected.  While debate looms on what the Administration’s position is on final legislation, Graham and Durbin have taken the lead on other bills that would help the Dream population.

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