Sara Clifft – Reporter
September 5, the Trump administration formally announced that DACA, a program put into effect during the Obama administration, would be repealed.
DACA, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program that protects from deportation nearly 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
The recipients of the protections of DACA, known as “dreamers,” have since started families and pursue careers. Because of their role in the economy, Trump’s decision could result in major repercussions for business owners nationwide.
Much is still unclear about the fate of the dreamers, and many of them are uncertain of what will happen next.
In an interview with The Boston Globe, Cario Mendes, who arrived in the U.S. from Brazil at the age of nine, stated his concerns for the future.
“I’m trying to figure out what to do next. Am I going to finish college? Am I going to be able to keep my car? Am I going to be able to keep my driver’s license?” Mendes said, “People are worried.”
Though the program has officially ended, President Trump is giving Congress an opportunity to save it. The administration announced that recipients of the program have until March 5, 2018 before they begin losing their status as protected residents of the United States. This means that Congress still has time to act and find a way to preserve the program.