The Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) has issued a June 15 memorandum regarding the status of undocumented
immigrants—a move that pleased neither supporters nor critics of the Obama Administration’s
deferred action programs.
Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
program, undocumented individuals who arrived in the United States as children
may request a two-year deferment of actions that could lead to their
deportation. The DHS memo keeps the DACA program intact for now.
California, home to 25 percent of the nation’s undocumented immigrant
population, the number of students who applied for financing through the
state’s DREAM Act, which allows undocumented students to access state financial
aid, community college free waivers and other grants, appears to be dropping.
In 2016, approximately 34,000 students submitted DREAM Act applications by
March 2, according to data from the California
Student Aid Commission. As of March 5, only approximately 12,000 students
have submitted applications.
For now, the DREAMers are protected from
deportation. The Trump Administration through DHS has provided assurances to the
more than 750,000 unauthorized immigrants protected by the Obama administration
that they can remain for now. DHS’s assistant secretary for public affairs told
New York Times that “there has been no final determination made about
the DACA program,” and didn’t offer any sort of timeline for when a final
determination might be made.