The Federal Government Missed The March 5 DACA Deadline ... Now What?


In January, President Donald Trump said he was sure a bipartisan agreement on DACA was close.

When the Trump Administration ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last fall, President Trump gave Congress six months to salvage the program, which protected almost 800,000 young immigrants from deportation.

Members of the Border Network for Human Rights and Borders Dreamers and Youth Alliance (BDYA) protest outside a US Federal Courthouse to demand that Congress pass a Clean Dream Act in El Paso, Texas March 5, 2018.

The DACA program allowed young immigrants- brought to the USA as children- who registered with the government, paid a fee and passed criminal security background checks, to come forward and fully contribute to our country without fear of deportation.

Federal district judges in California and NY have issued nationwide injunctions against ending the program March 5, the deadline set by the White House.

Then last week, the Supreme Court denied an expedited hearing of the DACA case filed from the Trump administration and recommended that it go through the appeals court.

However, White House officials have said deporting Dreamers will not be a priority.

"We are here to make sure they don't forget about us". Hundreds of DACA supporters were expected to descend on Washington to push for action.

Lawmakers had every opportunity to legislate a fix, but the fate of Dreamers has proved too divisive for Congress to resolve.

Last month, Democrats forced a brief government shutdown over the issue, demanding that the Senate's Republican leaders set aside time to debate immigration.

When President Trump made a decision to wind down DACA, he set into motion a humanitarian crisis by slowly stripping thousands of Dreamers of their protections under the program as their status expires.

President Trump blames the stalled immigration talks on Democrats who refuse his offers of compromise combined with funds for border security.