President Donald Trump criticized the decision to continue accepting DACA renewals. Photo by Cronkite News

Cronkite News: Trump slams program for children of undocumented migrants

Trump tweets “DACA is probably dead” after renewal of DACA applications resumes

By Mersedes Cervantes and Olivia Richard
Cronkite News

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced Saturday night they would continue accepting requests to renew DACA. The decision came after a California federal judge issued an injunction ordering the Trump administration to continue receiving applications to renew the program, which grants legal status to immigrants who came to the United States as children.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an immigration policy that was implemented in 2012 by former president Barack Obama. Under this policy, more than 800,000 people benefit from DACA, including over 25,000 DACA beneficiaries in Arizona as of September 27, 2017.

Shortly after the USCIS released a statement saying, “Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.” — Trump tweeted that the program was “probably dead”.

President Donald Trump criticized the decision to continue accepting DACA renewals via Twitter stating that, “DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military.”

According to data from the USCIS, Arizona is home to the 6th largest population of DACA enrollees making up 3.7% of all the nations registered DACA participants.

Eligible individuals will be able to submit their DACA until further notice.

This article is published via a Creative Commons license. Cronkite News is produced by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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