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Can DACA Outlive Trump’s First Term?

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People protesting the cancelation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals rally on the steps to the Capitol Building on December 6th, 2017.

In September of 2017, President Donald Trump threw hundreds of thousands of immigrants into legal limbo when he moved to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The Obama-era policy protected undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, known as Dreamers, granting them clemency and work permits.

Now, House Democrats—and some House Republicans—stand poised to pass a bill that would protect Dreamers. But no one expects the bill, called the Dream and Promise Act, to get anywhere in the Republican-controlled Senate, much less gain a signature from Trump.

Since the president moved to end the program, a collection of federal court decisions have prevented his administration from undoing the major provisions of DACA (although the program is no longer accepting new applicants). But even with these court victories, DACA’s legal status remains tenuous. As I wrote in November, the program is far from saved:

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