Oct. 8, 2017: The White House released an aggressive list of priorities for any deal on DACA. The list asks lawmakers to include tough border security and immigration enforcement measures in any replacement deal. Those measures include provisions to make it harder for unaccompanied minors to enter the country illegally, money for the President's border wall and cuts to legal immigration.
Sept. 6, 2017: Trump plans to revisit his administration's decision on DACA if Congress is unable to pass legislation on the issue within six months, he announced in a tweet, leaving the future of the program up in the air.
The Trump administration on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, formally announced the end of DACA -- a program that had protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation.
The Department of Homeland Security will stop processing any new applications for the program as of Tuesday and has formally rescinded the Obama administration policy.
But the agency also announced a plan to continue renewing permits for anyone whose status expires in the next six months, giving Congress time to act before any currently protected individuals lose their ability to work, study and live without fear in the US.
Since the Obama administration began DACA in 2012, 787,580 people have been approved for the program, according to the latest government figures. To be eligible, an applicant must have arrived in the US before age 16 and lived there since June 15, 2007. They cannot have been older than 30 when the Department of Homeland Security enacted the policy in 2012.
In the five years since DACA was enacted, the nearly 800,000 individuals who have received the protections have started families, pursued careers and studied in schools and universities across the United States. The business community and education community at large has joined Democrats and many moderate Republicans in supporting the program, citing the contributions to society from the population and the sympathetic fact that many Dreamers have never known another home than the US.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the humane thing to do is end lawlessness that is presented by unchecked immigration.