Here is what we know so far:
The DACA program is being phased out, but anyone with a valid DACA work permit can continue to use that permit through its expiration date.
DACA holders whose permit will expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 are eligible to renew one more time. These applications must be accepted by USCIS before October 5, 2017. USCIS will consider these renewals on a case-by-case basis. An approval will be valid for 2 years from the date of approval.
USCIS will not accept any new (initial) applications for DACA. This means that people who were waiting to save money or waiting to turn 15 are not eligible to apply.
USCIS will not accept new applications for DACA Advance Parole. Anyone with pending applications or with approved applications that are planning to travel should speak with an attorney. The pending applications will be closed and USCIS will refund the fees.
The administration has said that they are not going to start detaining or deporting DACA holders simply because they no longer have DACA. However, in our experience, ICE is detaining any person without legal status that is arrested by police for a traffic or criminal charge. This would include people whose DACA has expired.
The President asked congress to create a solution that would allow DACA holders to stay in the US legally and we hope they will do so. If, in the meantime, anyone wants to speak with an attorney about other options, such as visas for victims of crimes, status through a spouse or other family member, or by applying for asylum out of fear of returning to their country, we will be happy to speak to them by phone or schedule a consultation in one of our offices.
In addition, as we did when DACA was first announced in 2012, we will continue to educate and engage with the community, as best we can. This will include information sessions and presentations. We will publicize these as they are scheduled.
We will continue to fight for immigrant rights, as we have done for the past 10 years, including participating in or assisting in any legal challenges to the administration’s actions.