While Fox News initially reported President Donald Trump’s plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by Friday, South Seattle Emerald has confirmed the impending action with inside sources across various immigration organizations, nonprofits, and their networks.
Joaquin Uy with Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs said three scenarios could most likely play out. Trump could stop DACA recipients but allow those who currently have it to maintain their status indefinitely. Another route the federal government could take is a widespread wipeout of everyone’s DACA, forcing people to return to full undocumented status. This means people will be unable to work, receive scholarships for education, and be on PTSD-level constant alert for deportation.
The third scenario? A hybrid of the two. This option would involve retaining DACA only for earlier applicants but removing it for those who were granted the status within the past year. Again, these are theories, but sources speaking to the Emerald with inside knowledge of the matter say Trump is likely to take action along one of these lines.