Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Face Renewal Deadline

October 04, 2017 11:11 PM

(ABC 6 News) – Nearly a month ago, the Trump Administration announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would be eliminated.

"The president made the best decision in light of the fact that the system set up by the Obama Administration in clear violation of federal law,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. 


The renewal deadline on October 5, 2017 is for permits expiring between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018.

“President Obama even admitted this himself when announcing the program, calling it a temporary stop-gap measure," Sanders said.  

But with that gap closing, dreamer Manuel Sosa said it puts his younger siblings at risk of being deported.

"I know people that have been, people that have lost their families, their parents," Sosa said. "They're afraid of doing things that could potentially send them back home to a place they don't call home because they left at such a young age," Sosa said.

Sosa recently received his new DACA papers for the next 2 years, but he said the process and the implications give all permit holders an uneasy feeling.

"What if people are afraid to give their information their address, where they live, it's out there so they can come back for you later on," Sosa said.

With Congress still working out the details, these childhood arrivals are still left dreaming.

"I don't know what's going to happen after all this; all I can hope for is for Congress to do something about it."

According to ABC News, President Trump said he wants Dreamers to legally stay in the U.S. and increase border security. Those terms were echoed during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on DACA, on Tuesday.


Elise Romas

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