DACA deadline arrives, but what does it mean?

DACA deadline arrives, but what does it mean?

FILE - In this December 6, 2017, file photo, demonstrators hold up their fists as they are arrested outside of the U.S. Capitol during an immigration rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Almost 683,000 people were enrolled at the end of January, eight out of 10 from Mexico.

But the deadline the president created is here, and "something really good" hasn't arrived yet.

But multiple federal judges ruled that the justification the Trump administration was using to terminate the program was shaky at best - and ordered DHS to resume renewing all existing DACA permits. Chris Van Hollen, and to your USA representative.

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals put its review of Alsup's decision on fast track, but legal experts don't expect a decision until June at the earliest.

In February, former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, now Trump's chief of staff, scrapped the Obama administration's policy of limiting deportations to people who pose a public safety threat, convicted criminals and those who have crossed the border recently, effectively making anyone in the country illegally vulnerable. And immigration advocates warn that they would be exposed to deportation if they are arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents during that time. There were almost 14,000 people with expired permits who applied for renewals but hadn't received them at the end of January.

The White House is optimistic that either Congress or the Supreme Court will settle the DACA situation despite the deadline to pass legislation on the matter occurring Monday with nothing to show for it.

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The ACLU has a new six-figure campaign focused on keeping DACA in the forefront.

Trump had insisted that any legislation saving DACA had to be coupled with funding for his border wall and an overhaul of the legal immigration system. The Senate rejected it.

DACA advocates say recipients may find themselves in some sort of limbo where renewal applications may not be completed before present protections expire. Trump has expressed a willingness to come up with a long-term solution for Dreamers in recent months, though he's blamed Democrats for the standstill in Congress.

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Congress must pass a spending bill by March 23 to keep the government running, giving Democrats a chance to condition support on a DACA bill. Sessions said October 5, would be the last day DACA applications would be accepted and that the DACA program would end entirely tomorrow, on March 5.

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