More than 40,000 DACA eligible immigrants failed to meet the final deadline for one last extension of the program that grants them temporary work permits and protection against deportation, KPCC reports.
President Trump’s administration set Oct. 5 as the deadline for immigrants already in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to renew their applications one last time and federal officials said that, as of Tuesday, tens of thousands had not filed the necessary paperwork to do so.
Part of the winding down process allows DACA recipients whose permits expire between Sept. 5 and March 5 to file a final renewal by Oct. 5. 154,000 permits are set to expire in that time frame according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as reported by KPCC. There is a $495 federal processing fee to reapply and several private donors, schools, and other organizations have assisted undocumented immigrants with that cost for individuals.
The vast majority of DACA approved immigrants come from Mexico with over 600,000 people according to the Los Angeles Times. California is the state with the majority of these immigrants coming in at more than 200,000 people, also an LA Times figure. Boyle Heights residents, both those with DACA and those with family members who have received protection from DACA have been sharing their stories with the Boyle Heights Beat on how the Obama-era policy has affected their lives.