On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that was put forth by President Obama in 2012. DACA authorized the government to utilize prosecutorial discretion in the case of certain children brought to the U.S. who met specific requirements, and allowed those children to apply for employment authorization (and in some cases travel authorization). The Trump Administration's decision will phase out the DACA program by March 5, 2018.
Those DACA recipients with current employment authorization documents (EADs) may continue to use the EAD cards. No new DACA applications will be accepted after September 5, 2017. Renewal applications, however, will continue to be accepted until October 5, 2017 for those whose benefits expire on or before March 5, 2018.