President Donald Trump on Thursday said that recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which his administration announced on Tuesday it would end, “have nothing to worry about” during the six-month phase-out period.
“For all those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about – No action!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
The tweet, apparently an effort reassure anxious DACA recipients, came after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke with Trump over the phone Thursday morning and asked him to make clear that DACA recipients will not be subject to deportation in the six-month period, a Democratic aide told Business Insider.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Trump administration opted to end the DACA program, which shields from deportation roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants, many of whom were brought to the US as children, over six months to allow Congress time to potentially enact new protections for the immigrants.
During that timeframe, the government has said it will continue to honour all existing DACA permits and process applications that have already been submitted. The government said it would no longer accept new DACA applications as of September 5.
If Congress is unable to agree on a replacement program, some DACA recipients would begin losing their protection and work authorization within six months, on March 6, 2018.
Yet Trump’s Thursday tweet may do little to alleviate the concerns of some DACA recipients whose permits are soon expiring — they must submit a renewal application by October 5 to be eligible for renewal, or they could indeed lose their DACA status before the six-month period is up.
Details around how the Trump administration will process their renewal applications, and how many DACA recipients are eligible to renew, are still unclear.
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