US President Donald Trump scrapped DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which is an American policy founded by Obama administration to allow certain illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.
The Department of Homeland Security will now stop processing any new applications for the program. DACA protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation. President Donald Trump who is conflicted on this issue has scrappd the DACA program and asked the congress to act immediately to work on appropriate legislative solutions. Congress has until March 5th 2018 to come up with an action plan.
As per the date released by US Customs and Immigration Services, most of the illegal immigrants are from Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. India accounts to around 7881 immigrants. The immigrants under DACA program who often call themselves as “DREAMERS” apply regularly to USCIS for 2 year renewable work permits. Now with the scrapping of DACA program, those with work permits will continue to work till the expiry of the documents. Those whose permits expire by March 5, 2018, will be permitted to apply for two-year renewals. Such individuals must apply for renewal before October 5.
Many Silicon Valley companies vowed to protect its employees who are under DACA program. Microsoft, Apple said in a statement that they will fight in the court if the government tries to deport their ‘Dreamers’ employees.