Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

A crowd of around 100 people rallied to protest the Trump administration's announcement it would phase out DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
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While Congress debates immigration reform, one Dayton immigration lawyer says many Miami Valley DACA recipients are confused about their options.

Attorney Karen Bradley says her phone has been ringing off the hook. Many of her clients are wondering about how Congressional discussions on immigration may affect their families.

“People are scared," she says. "People are just scared in general.”

Bradley says the last few months have been particularly bewildering for DACA recipients.


Nationally, more than 20,000 DACA recipients failed to renew their applications by the final October deadline, according to the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services.
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More than 10,000 so-called “Dreamers” live in Ohio. The undocumented young people were brought to the United States as children, and since 2012 they’ve been shielded from deportation under the Obama-era, “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” or DACA, program, which allowed the young people to temporarily remain in the country without a path to U.S. citizenship.

Some existing DACA recipients face an October deadline to renew their documentation. Justice Department officials have said they will not extend the deadline past Oct. 5, 2017.
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Young immigrants in the United States under a program that temporarily suspends deportation have one more week to renew their documents.

Demonstrators at a 2010 protest in Washington D.C. demanding immigration reform. Several efforts since have failed in Congress.
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Miami Valley immigrant advocates are calling on the Trump administration to continue a program that allows young people brought to the United States illegally as children to remain in the country.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, permits about 800,000 people to temporarily work, attend school or serve in the military under certain conditions.

President Donald Trump is expected to issue a decision soon on whether to continue with the Obama-era program.