Indiana approves bill to allow DACA recipients to obtain professional licenses
March 15, 2018
[JURIST] Indiana’s House approved a bill [SB 419 materials] Wednesday that lifts prohibitions that kept those previously protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) [JURIST news archive] program from obtaining professional licenses for dozens of occupations including cosmetology and nursing.
In addition to the 690,000 “dreamers” whose fate remains uncertain after Congress failed to enact bills to protect their status in response to the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA [JURIST report], immigrants from Haiti, Central America and Sudan are also in threat of losing their protected statuses over the next 18 months.
Those who are protected under DACA await further federal legislation concerning their fate. While no official moves have been made, President Donald Trump recently said he was open to a short-term DACA deal [Politico report] that includes bargaining protections for dreamers for funding of the proposed boarder wall, a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign.