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On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (deferred action from removal proceedings) for a period of two years, subject to renewal. Those granted deferred action are also eligible for work authorization. A grant of deferred action is temporary and does not provide a path to lawful permanent resident status or U.S. citizenship. However, a person granted deferred action is considered by the federal government to be lawfully present in the U.S. for as long as the grant of deferred action is in effect.
What is the current status of DACA?
On September 5, 2017, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security rescinded the June 15, 2012 memorandum that established the DACA program. According to a memorandum and FAQ from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the agency will phase the DACA program out over the next six months, i.e. by March 5, 2018, and will cease accepting new initial DACA applications after September 5, 2017, but will continue to process pending cases and will accept some renewal applications for a limited period.