USA Phases Out DACA – DREAMers On Edge


Trump has delivered what he promised during his election but what it means is that more than 800,000 young women/men (8,000 Indians) will face uncertain futures as their DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status will not be renewed going forward. Congress has to legislate to fix this issue but looking at what Congress has been achieved in past two decades, these people have been put on edge.

These “undocumented” people were given a relief in the form of DACA by Obama administration’s executive order (only temporary fix but it could have continued in the same form but Trump decided to phase  it out as per his election promise) and they were planning their futures in USA and doing all the right things but now this has shattered their dreams as they don’t know what has future in store for them.

These people have called USA their homes and it’s not their fault that they have lived most of their childhood in USA and don’t know much about their native country as they never went back there. Technically they are illegals but they are law-abiding people who have big dreams of making it big in USA. They deserve a chance and DACA had given that window of hope to them but the door has been closed on their faces.


I will like to point out that the kids of legal migrants face issues of a different kind and that should also be resolved by the administration.  I personally know many Indian migrants who are stuck in USA on H1Bs for years (5-15 years average) and after their children become 18 years of age, they no longer qualify to be put on their parents temporary visas. Hence, they have to apply for their own student visas and I think they also have to qualify independently for Green Card application. This is really very stressful for those who have given 10-15 years to USA but their children are left out just because it takes more than 10-15 years for Indians to get their Green cards when people from other countries (including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bagladesh etc.) get theirs much sooner.

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Ajeet lived in USA for seven years before deciding to move to Australia in 2014. He is originally from India and loves to travel and see the world. Having migrated twice (till now!), he knows that this process is full of anxieties and apprehensions but the allurement of distant land is fascinating. Passionate about helping potential migrants and save them from unscrupulous agents , he started his migration firm in 2016. When Ajeet is not working on his cases, he loves to share information on his blog about Australia (and more!) and loves to play/watch cricket. Ajeet is a registered MARA agent by profession but the intent of this blog is not to provide any advice. The blog is general in nature and does not constitute personal advice and neither reflects the view of his employer. The purpose is to provide free and valuable information to start a meaningful conversation to help prospective migrants in making the biggest decision of their lives.

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