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DACA deportation deadline arrives, but with an easing sense of urgency

06 March 2018

From Nevada to Capitol Hill to Trump Tower in New York City, immigrants and their allies held marches, rallies and prayer vigils to make sure their plight remains in the spotlight.

Among the Senate bills that failed to advance was a Trump-backed plan that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers - the almost 700,000 DACA registrants, plus 1.1 million who were eligible but did not register - in exchange for extra border security funding and dramatic curtailment of legal immigration.

Perez in a statement said Trump's rescinding of DACA, an Obama-era program that shielded immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children from deportation, caused "an unnecessary crisis". "We are anxious and we are scared of being torn away from (our) homes and our community". "Gave them 6 months, they just don't care", Trump said on Twitter. "Where are they? We are ready to make a deal!" he exclaimed. Congress must pass a spending bill by March 23 to keep the government running, giving Democrats a chance to condition support on a DACA bill.

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It's been six months since President Donald Trump moved to end a program that protected young undocumented immigrants from deportation, and Washington seems to be no closer to a resolution on the day everything was supposed to be solved by. The case is tied up in appeals court and will likely end up before the Supreme Court in its next term. Chris Van Hollen, and to your US representative. That date is no longer in effect after several recent court rulings.

That court intervention effectively rendered the March 5 deadline meaningless - and, paired with a dramatic failure on the Senate floor to pass a legislative fix, the wind has been mostly taken out of the sails of any potential compromise.

A nationwide injunction forced the administration to resume accepting renewal requests within a week but it did not apply to first-time applicants. That created a massive backlog of renewal applications, which can take three to five months for the agency to process. That means DACA permits would expire for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants. Another 5,320 DACA permits expire in April and almost 14,000 more in May.

DACA deportation deadline arrives, but with an easing sense of urgency