United States: DACA Amnesty Program cancellation

Posted by Immigration Law Team|US Immigration
Feb 17

In brief

A leaked draft executive order reveals that Donald Trump may sign an executive order ending the DACA program instituted under President Obama.


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an amnesty program created by executive order under President Obama which allows foreign-born nationals who entered the United States when they were younger than 16 years old, have no felony convictions, and who pursue education, to be temporarily protected from deportation and allowed to work in the United States.


A leaked draft executive order reflects that Donald Trump might end this amnesty program for childhood arrivals.  The following information is based on our analysis of the leaked draft.  The final order, if signed, may differ.

By the terms of this draft executive order, work permits already issued will remain valid only for their current respective durations.  On expiry, work authorization for DACA beneficiaries will not be renewed and they will no longer be protected from deportation.

If these orders are officially executed, our office will provide detailed analysis on their impact.

For further details regarding the draft executive order ending DACA, or any other immigration matters, please contact a member of our team.

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