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What will happen to my DACA status when Trump becomes president?

Many immigrants who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status wonder what will happen to their permit once Donald Trump becomes president.

While nothing may happen immediately, it's important to know the options available to Mr. Trump and what could happen to your status.

What is the DACA?

The DACA is a U.S. immigration program started by the Obama administration in 2012. Under the program, undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as minors could apply for a renewable two years of deferred action. During their period of deferred action, immigrants could avoid deportation, obtain work permits and pursue educational opportunities. Approximately 665,000 people have received DACA permits.

Can President Trump end the program?

Since the DACA was created by executive order rather than by Congress, Mr. Trump can undo it by executive order. During his presidential campaign, Mr. Trump stated that he would eliminate the DACA program. However, his position could change.

What would happen to my status if President Trump ends the program?

If you currently have a work permit, it should still be good until the date it expires. It is unlikely the incoming president would cancel permits already granted.

What will happen when my DACA status once my permit expires?

If your DACA status expires, you would be subject to deportation. However, deporting approximately 665,000 DACA participants simply would not be practical. Congress would have to appropriate more funds to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

President Trump has stated that he would focus deportation on undocumented immigrants who have criminal records.

What if I stay in the United States after my DACA status ends?

If you continue to live in the US after your DACA status ends, you would accumulate days of unlawful presence. This could make it more difficult to obtain a visa if you have an employer who wants to sponsor you or you marry a U.S. citizen.

Now is a time when you should talk to an immigration lawyer about your situation. One option might be to renew your DACA status now. You can renew your DACA status 150 days before your expiration date.

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