#ImmigrationWatch2017 | #Update to Topic #1: DACA | President Trump breaks promise to supporters - DACA still exists.
One of President Trump's top campaign promises was to repeal the Obama Executive Order known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) on Day 1 of his administration. Day 1 was this past Friday, January 20, 2017. It is now January 24, 2017, and DACA remains fully intact. This is not a complete shock, as Trump has softened his stance on DACA since winning the election. However, it was one of his main battle cries, referring to DACA as one of the two "illegal" Obama immigration executive orders.
So what does this mean for the fate of DACA? Should DACA beneficiaries continue to file for renewals? Should those who are DACA eligible who have yet to apply, still consider doing so?
If you have DACA, you still have DACA and can still continue to use your work permit. But out is still unclear what it means for the future of DACA. President Trump needs to clarify his stance on DACA so that DACA recipients can move forward. As President, Trump at any time and for any reason can repeal DACA. Simply not doing so, without an affirmative statement about DACA's future, leaves a permanent feeling of uneasiness and fear hanging over those effected.
That being said, before you apply for DACA for the first time or for a renewal, speak to an experienced immigration attorney to make sure that it is the right action for you to take,