Since its creation in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has protected more than 820,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation, all of whom came to the United States at a young age and have lived here for more than a decade. Then, last September, the Trump administration rescinded DACA, announcing an arbitrary deadline - October 5,2017 - by which recipients with expirations on or before March 5, 2018 could apply for renewal.
Myriad court cases have left the actual state of play surrounding the program anything but clear. Since January, multiple federal courts have ruled against the administration's decision to end the program and have allowed DACA recipients to once again submit applications to renew their protections, regardless of expiration date. This issue brief reviews this series of rulings, their implications, and the consequences if the DACA program were to end.