President Barack Obama introduced DACA in June 2012 by executive action, giving hundreds of thousands of people who came to the country illegally as children two-year, renewable permits to live and work.
A program that temporarily shields hundreds of thousands of young people from deportation was scheduled to end Monday but court orders have forced the Trump administration to keep issuing renewals. Here is where DACA stands now.
The judge said Trump's administration relied on an "erroneous" belief the programme was unconstitutional. He ordered the administration to allow people already in the DACA program to continue enjoying protections.
While she spoke, immigration activists joined liberals threatening political retribution against the congressional Democrats who abandoned the strategy of demanding that a budget deal be paired with an immigration deal.
"I've been hearing about DACA for so many years. Some people call it Dreamers. It's not Dreamers. Don't fall into that trap," the President said on Thursday during his speech at the winter meeting of GOP lawmakers in West Virginia, Efe news reported.