The DACA program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, protects over 700,000 youth from deportation, but the deadline on Thursday was the last opportunity for youth to renew their status.
Already more than 100,000 youth have reapplied for protection under DACA, and in the process paid the nearly $500 fee for the application.
Expiration dates for current protection under DACA will begin in March of 2018 and thousands of youth will be forced to leave the country.
Advocates of DACA are hopeful that Congress will come to an agreement to extend protection for these youth.
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