A woman holds up a sign that says, “resist,” as supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) block an intersection near the U.S. Capitol as an act of civil disobedience in support of DACA recipients, Monday, March 5, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
A program that temporarily shields hundreds of thousands of young people from deportation was scheduled to end Monday but court orders have forced the Trump administration to keep issuing renewals. That removed some of the urgency of a hard deadline, but advocates weren’t letting up in their efforts to get permanent protection.
In September, Trump said he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but gave Congress six months to develop a legislative fix. Those whose permits expired by March 5 had one month to apply for renewal.
A nationwide injunction in January by U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco required the administration to resume renewals but does not apply to first-time applicants.
President Barack Obama introduced DACA in June 2012 by executive action, giving hundreds of thousands of people who came to the country illegally as children two-year, renewable permits to live and work. To qualify, they needed to have arrived before their 16th birthday, been under 31 in June 2012, completed high school or served in the military, and have clean criminal records.
Nearly 683,000 people were enrolled at the end of January, eight out of every 10 from Mexico. (AP)
Here’s a look at protests around the country in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs.