The Coming End of DACA and DAPA

By John Miano on November 10, 2016

Four years ago I pointed out the fundamental problem with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: Anyone who signed up for DACA would be adding their names to a list of self-identified illegal aliens. Should a future administration decide that it would start enforcing the law, the DACA program would provide list of prime candidates for deportation.

At the time, this was so obvious that I was surprised anyone would be stupid enough to sign up for DACA and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans). Yet apparently hundreds of thousands of people did so anyway.

DHS tried to induce people to DACA and DAPA in spite of the obvious risk by telling illegal aliens that "Information provided in [the DACA] request is protected from disclosure to ICE and CBP for the purpose of immigration enforcement proceedings." However, there was no legally binding way to prevent such a disclosure in the future. DHS covered itself by saying "This policy may be modified, superseded, or rescinded at any time without notice."

Even before the election, some people noticed the precarious state of DACA recipients. Now that the election is over and it is clear that DACA and DAPA will soon be kaput, people are beginning to realize that DACA and DAPA have created a list of prime candidates for deportation with names, addresses, and an admission of illegal alien status.

Having authorization to work in the United States is independent of having authorization to be in the United States. The fact that illegal aliens have been granted work permits under DACA and DAPA is no shield against deportation.