The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly referred to as DACA was initiated by President Obama in 2012 by Executive Order because neither he, nor any prior President, was able to get any legislative solution passed by the Congress.
It has gained such overwhelming attention recently because President Trump announced this past summer that he was rescinding that Executive Order with one of his own. (Citing that it was an improper bypassing of the Congress, to in effect enact legislation that the Legislature has consistently refused to pass). This will have an adverse effect on roughly 800,000 people who entered the country as children, accompanying their undocumented parents. They will no longer be able to rely on this Deferred Action program to stay in the U.S.
Regardless of which side of this issue you fall on, it has generated such heated debate and passionate response, that President Trump soon thereafter appeared to change course and announced that he hoped a resolution could be reached to allow those already here in the U.S. under DACA to stay.
So naturally the question you might have is, “What does this mean for me or my family members?”
Simply stated, we’re not sure yet, as this is a quickly evolving issue, but one which we in the immigration law community are following closely. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has produced the following chart to answer your questions as of October 2017.
DACA essentially ended on October 5, 2017. As you can see, there are dire consequences for you if you missed these deadlines. But there may still be hope if the law is changed, as expected, or if you qualify under one of the many other categories and exceptions.