UPDATED: Over 7,000 Indians Caught in the DACA Net May Face Deportation

ATTENTION: DACA Renewal Request Deadline, October 5, 2017

According to a recent missive by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as ‘DACA’ is going to be wound down effective immediately. This program which started in 2012 will affect at least 7,000 Indians who will face deportation as this program is being phased out over the next six months. Majority of these are residents of California and Florida

Initiated by the Obama administration with respect to individuals who came to the United States as children albeit with illegally documented parents or family members, this program gave the innocent children some reprieve and offered issued social security numbers and college tuition in certain US states as well as permitted to apply for renewable work permits for a two-year period. Referred to as ‘Dreamers’, they would have come since June 2007 before turning 16 and are now in the age range of 15-36. Although Mexico tops the charts, India ranks 12th among the countries with illegal Dreamers in the Unites States.

What Does the End of DACA Mean for Indian ‘Dreamers’?

According to numbers released by United States Citizenship Immigration Services the average DACA recipient is 22 years old, employed, and a student. 17 per cent of them are on track to complete an advanced degree. There has been no comment by the Indian government regarding an acceptance strategy of these 7,000 plus Indians who may be deported back to India in the next couple of years. There are an additional 14,000 Indian illegal immigrants in the US who were eligible to apply for the DACA program till it got rescinded.

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