DACA Deadline Only a Temporary Reprieve from Fear of Deportation

Posted October 06, 2017

In recent weeks, DACA recipients have rushed to submit applications before before the renewal period lapses.

Thousands of eligible unauthorized immigrants have yet to renew their immigration status as a part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, despite the October 5 deadline.

An estimated 800,000 young adults in America legally go to school or work through DACA, including about 1,000 Sacramento State students, according to the university's Dreamer Resource Center. The funding for those scholarships came from Causa, another immigrants rights group.

Catholic Charities and the ACLU of Kansas City are two organizations that will continue offering legal aid to DACA recipients and other immigrants even after this deadline has passed. "And all of them will lose their position unless there's a Congressional solution within the next few months", Kerosky said.

Mendez said that while he was happy to see that the event received "a lot of involvement from the Brown community", he felt that they should have seen "the entire student body coming in".

In a town hall Wednesday night on CNN, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also told a recipient of the DACA program not to worry and that they would have a "Clean Dream Act" by December.

With immigrants learning that their data could be used by the Trump administration to target them and their loved ones, it's clear that many are choosing not to re-apply out of pure anxiety.

Tuesday's hearing was the first time Trump administration officials testified before Congress since Trump made the decision to end the DACA program.

Chavarria said Thursday's deadline to renew DACA status was unjust.

Immigration attorneys and legal counselors across the country have been urging their clients whose status expires before March 5 to renew.

"I was rushed to renew my work permit", she said. "We're going to fight for our home because Texas is our home", said Daniel Candelaria of United We Dream.

"DACA is a program that has been viewed obviously as being of significant benefit because so many people have renewed the program", Mittelstadt says.

Luz Arreola is also a DACA recipient, who said she's afraid to return to a country she doesn't know, and have all of her dreams taken away.

Representative Scott Tipton, a Republican who represents most of the state's Western Slope, says Obama "circumvented the Constitution" with his DACA executive order, and he applauds the Trump administration's adherence to the rule of law.

"This is an opportunity for congress to step in and give these kids something permanent" she said. Jeff Flake, a veteran of comprehensive immigration reform efforts.