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Here's What to Know If DACA Ends 
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Here's What to Know If DACA Ends 

Michelle Woo, Gawker Media

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President Trump is expected to end the Obama-era program that protected young undocumented immigrants from deportation, according to reports . Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, hundreds of thousands of "dreamers" who arrived in the United States as small children, many who have little recollection of their birth countries, were allowed, temporarily, to work in the country legally.

While McClatchy reports that these individuals will likely be allowed to stay in the U.S. until their work permits run out, which could be sometime within the next two years, there is fear and anxiety in all that remains uncertain.

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The Immigrant Legal Resource Center explains what those affected need to know if DACA ends (PDF):  

Work Permits

Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), also known as work permits, are generally valid until they expire or the government demands they be returned. Unless the government demands that you return your work permit, the following points should apply:

  • If the DACA program ends but you are allowed to keep your work permit, you have the right to work legally until your work permit's expiration date.
  • Even if the DACA program ends, you have no obligation to inform your employer that DACA has ended.
  • Your employer does not have the right to ask you whether you are a DACA recipient or how you got your work permit. Your employer does not have the right to fire you, put you on leave, or change your work status until after your work permit has expired. If your expiration date is nearing, your employer may ask you for an updated work permit but cannot take any action against you until after it is expired.
  • For more information about your rights as an employee see this advisory by the National Immigration Law Center .

Social Security Numbers (SSNs)

Your SSN is a valid SSN number for life, even once your work permit and DACA approval expires.

  • If you have not done so already, apply for a SSN while your DACA and work permit are still valid.
  • You can and should continue to use the SSN you got under DACA as your SSN even after your work permit expires. You can use your SSN for education, banking, housing and other purposes.
  • Your SSN contains a condition on it that requires a valid work permit to use it for employment purposes.

Driver's Licenses and Other Identification Cards

Eligibility for these depends on the state in which you live. If you have not already done so, apply for a driver's license or state identification card if your DACA is still valid and that makes you eligible for a driver's license or state-issued identification card in your state.

More information is available in the above linked document, which is also available in Spanish and Chinese .

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