The Future of the ‘Dreamers’ May Be at Stake

What will happen to the Dreamers?

The DACA program has been much discussed in the news in recent months.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced recently that the administration is rescinding the DACA program with a six-month delay.  It is believed that about 750,000 people could be affected by the decision.  With so much talk swirling around the DACA and Dreamers, many immigrants are concerned about what the end of the DACA program could mean.  Our U.S. naturalization and citizenship lawyers explore the fate of the Dreamers below.

What is the DACA?

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was founded by the Obama administration in 2012.  Under the program, undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children may be protected from deportation and could obtain a work permit. To be eligible, immigrants must have arrived in the U.S. as minors and have lived there since June of 2007.  They must be under the age of 30 by 2012.  Thus far, accepted immigrants come from a wide range of counties, but Mexico has been the largest country of origin. 

Those who qualify under the DACA are able to step out of the shadows in order to obtain a legal job, go to college, get a driver’s license, and much more.  Dreamers could apply for a deferral to remain in the U.S. for two years, and could apply for renewal after this time. 

What Will Happen to the Dreamers?

As of now, the Trump administration is planning to phase out the DACA.  What does this mean for Dreamers? In the short term, they will still be protected, but not for much longer.  No new applications will be accepted under the DACA.  Those applications filed before the official decision to disband the program will still be processed. 

Lawmakers are still attempting to protect the Dreamers from deportation, but so far all efforts have stalled in Congress. The future is uncertain for the Dreamers currently in the U.S.  Without action by Congress, almost 300,000 Dreamers could be at risk for deportation starting next year.  Anyone who is currently being protected under the DACA should consult with an immigration lawyer as soon as possible to explore your potential legal rights. 

If you should have any questions or need more information about the way that the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Laws may impact you, your family, your friends or your colleagues, please feel free to contact the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Lawyers at the NPZ Law Group – VISASERVE – U.S. Immigration and Nationality Lawyers by e-mail us at or by calling us at 201-670-0006 (x107) or by visiting our Law Firm’s website at