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With DACA Deadline Past, ‘Dreamers’ Look to Congress for Their Future

On Thursday, an important deadline passed for the undocumented immigrants participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, commonly known as Dreamers. It was the last chance to renew enrollment as the program continues its six-month wind-down.

The fear of being removed from their communities became palpable for nearly 80,000 young undocumented immigrants after President Donald Trump announced last month that the Obama-era program, which awards two-year work permits to individuals who were brought to the United States illegally as children, will end in March 2018.

Thursday’s deadline only applied to DACA recipients whose permits expired before March 5, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. DACA recipients who qualify for renewal and receive approval will be clear for another two years, but those unable to renew could face deportation as early as March 6.