Despite Trump’s assertion that some Dreamers are “criminals,” foreigners with a felony conviction or extensive misdemeanor records are ineligible for DACA and can be removed from the program if they commit crimes after obtaining DACA status.
Trump announced in September 2017 his intention to phase out DACA after a six-month period, giving Congress time to enact a legislative fix before the official expiry date of March 5, 2018. But three federal judges blocked the administration’s plans, and two federal appeals courts subsequently issued rulings against the wind-down.
Meanwhile, the Democrat-controlled House approved a bill in June to grant conditional legal status to an estimated 2.3 million Dreamers, although Congress has failed to pass a comprehensive solution.
The Supreme Court said in June that it would hear arguments over Trump’s DACA termination, and a decision by the justices is likely to come next spring or as late as the end of June 2020.