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What will happen to DACA after immigration reform?

The main reason I have been screaming that you should apply for DACA whether immigration reform becomes law or not is that you come out a winner no matter what.  It would be the best investment of a few hundred dollars that you ever made.  You see, if Obama Immigration Reform bill becomes law, you get to choose a streamlined process to adjust to RPI legal immigrant status, which means money and time saved (once you get your new RPI card, you will be ordered to surrender your EAD card).  If Republicans kill the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (BSEOIM), you will at least have an EAD and valid SSN, plus an option to renew your DACA, at least during the tenure of President Barack Obama.  If the bill fails in 2013, most likely it will be an issue during the 2014 mid-term elections and assuming Democrats gain control of the House of Representatives, the bill will be reintroduced in 2015 and pass.  While all this is going on, you will still be somewhat legal and enjoying the privileges of having DACA.  Assuming that Obama Amnesty bill passes in 2013, the DACA program will be discontinued pretty quickly and you will then lose the chance to apply for it and will simply have to line up for the new process.