Thursday is final day for DACA recipients to confirm status

Posted at 9:01 AM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 14:12:04-04

Thursday is the last day for those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to renew their status. 

The program has given almost 800,000 young undocumented immigrants protection from deportation. 

The announcement that the program was ending was given last month by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.   

President Trump then wrote on Twitter that "Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can't, I will revisit the issue."   

But, Phoenix city leaders argued that it was too quick of a process; roughly 30 days for thousands to pay roughly $500 to renew their status.  

Mayor Greg Stanton, along with other members of the council, wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security asking them for more time.

In the letter, they wrote that the "current October 5 deadline is arbitrary and capricious, and only services to impose extreme hardship on thousands of hard-working DACA recipients in our state who will not be allowed DACA renewals." 

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake also announced on deadline day that he was introducing the Deferred Action Recipient Relief Act. In a press release, Senator Flake said his plan "provides DACA recipients or children who have been in the United States continuously since 2012 - and only those individuals - with conditional resident status up to 10 years as long as they are pursuing vocational or higher education, enlisted in the military, or are gainfully employed." 

In a town hall Wednesday night on CNN, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also told a recipient of the DACA program not to worry and that they would have a "Clean Dream Act" by December.

The Department of Homeland Security still urging people to renew now saying this week that only one-third of eligible recipients have reapplied. There are roughly 155,000 eligible recipients and just over 100,000 have applied. 

Do you or someone you know need to renew your status? Click here for more details. But remember, your application must be received in person by Thursday.