New York Today: DACA and New Yorkers


Protesters were arrested outside Trump Tower on Tuesday.

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Good morning on this wet Wednesday.

The Trump administration announced yesterday it was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ordered by the Obama administration in 2012.

In response, protesters around the city unleashed their tears, fears and chants at demonstrations from Trump Tower to Foley Square.

Known as DACA, the program has offered temporary protection from deportation to nearly 800,000 people who were brought to the country illegally as children, allowing them to obtain work permits, be eligible for driver’s licenses and complete their schooling.

It changed the lives of about 30,000 New Yorkers.

Here’s a guide on what the decision means for DACA recipients going forward.

Who will be affected right now?

The cancellation is not immediate, but Mr. Trump called on Congress to replace the policy with legislation before it expires on March 5, 2018. Meanwhile, no new applications will be accepted. Current DACA holders have only until Oct. 5 to renew two-year permits set to expire on or before March 5.

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Does the Trump administration’s change mean Dreamers will be deported?

Immigration officials said in their own Frequently Asked Questions document that immigrants who gave their personal information to the government to receive this legal status will not have the information “proactively provided” to immigration officials. There are exceptions, including cases deemed to be threats to public safety or national security.

What is New York’s response?

At City Hall on Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “I have a message for President Trump: Don’t mess with your fellow New Yorkers.” At a rally at Foley Square, Eric Schneiderman, the New York State attorney general, said, “I will go to court to protect our Dreamers and to protect the values that we support as New Yorkers.” Mr. Schneiderman and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vowed to sue over the president’s decision to end DACA.

Here’s what else is happening:


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