US considers giving Dreamers more time to reapply for protection

US considers giving Dreamers more time to reapply for protection

A U.S. Justice Department lawyer said the Trump administration is considering extending an October deadline for some immigrants to reapply for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

FILE PHOTO: Alliance San Diego and other Pro-DACA supporters hold a protest rally, following U.S. President Donald Trump's DACA announcement, in front of San Diego County Administration Center in San Diego, California, U.S., September 5, 2017. REUTERS/John Gastaldo/File Photo

NEW YORK: A U.S. Justice Department lawyer said the Trump administration is considering extending an October deadline for some immigrants to reapply for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

President Donald Trump recently decided to rescind the DACA program in March 2018, but immigrants known as Dreamers whose work permits expire before then can apply to renew them for another two years, though they must do so before Oct. 5.

At a hearing in a Brooklyn, New York federal court on Thursday, deputy assistant attorney general Brett Shumate said the extension deliberations were prompted by the recent hurricanes, but that no decisions had been made.

(Reporting by Mica Rosenberg in New York; Writing by Dan Levine in San Francisco)

Source: Reuters