When former President Barack Obama announced the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, which provided temporary lawful status for certain undocumented immigrants who had come to the United States before reaching the age of 16, it was supposed to be a compassionate act before the passage of a bill to provide permanent resident status for the participants. But Donald Trump became the next president and it didn’t take a crystal ball to see DACA would not end well
Citing ICE officials, CNN has reported that every DACA recipient whose deportation case was administratively closed can expect to see his or her proceeding reopened.
As noted in the report, DACA was granted only to aliens whose presence in the United States is unlawful — and therefore, can establish they can be deported simply by establishing that an alien was a DACA recipient.
Moreover, DACA application information can be used as a basis for initiating removal proceedings
The DACA application, Form I-821D, required identity documents that have the applicant’s photo on them. The application process also required a Biometric Services Appointment at which fingerprints, photographs and signatures were taken.
This means that for the rest of their lives in the United States, DACA participants will have a heightened risk of being identified and arrested as deportable aliens.