October 5 is the deadline for recipients to reapply to a federal program that shielded them from deportations.
A month after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, many recipients are still waiting for Congress to work out a deal with the Trump administration to replace the 2012 Obama-era executive order that shielded nearly 800,000 undocumented people from deportation.
Under a phase-out plan announced last month by President Donald Trump, more than 150,000 young people covered by DACA, often known as “Dreamers,” whose permits were set to expire before March 5 were given the chance to submit renewals — provided they arrived by midnight Thursday.
Trump gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative replacement for the program. It shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands of young people, many of whom were brought into the U.S. illegally as children, and allowed them to work legally in the country.
Supporters fo the progam argue that the so-called 'Dreamers' deserve a break as they entered the country as children through no fault of their own. They also cite the economic damage that could result from removing so many productive members of the work force.
A Cato Institute study found that ending the program would cost billions.
"It will impose a massive cost on employers who currently employ these workers. The cost of recruiting and hiring new employees is expensive," the report said.
It added that DACA rescission will cost employers $6.3 billion in employee turnover costs, including recruiting, hiring, and training 720,000 new employees. "Every week for the next two years, U.S. employers will have to terminate 6,914 employees who currently participate in DACA at a weekly cost of $61 million."
Several organizations such as United We Dream have launched online tools to guide DACA recipients through the federal bureaucracy.