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Trump Administration Allows DACA for Now

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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.

In 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 the The 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.

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