President Donald Trump’s decision to dump the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is particularly bad news for the roughly 22,000 young New Jersey immigrants who are living and working in the state thanks to the act.
About 2,700 immigrants — or about 12 percent of all DACA beneficiaries in the state — will be able to renew their permits for two more years, according to a newreport released by New Jersey Policy Perspective. That is much lower than the estimated 25 percent renewals expected nationwide. Those who can renew will have their DACA status extended through late 2019 or early 2020.
An estimated 61 percent of New Jersey’s entire population of DACA beneficiaries will lose their eligibility for a work permit and deferred action for deportation between October 2018 and June 2019.