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Deferred Action: If Romney Wins, Does Program Continue?

Applicant Laura Sanchez, from Mexico, left, fills the Casa de Maryland registration form, with help of her sister Nancy, before they can apply this afternoon for the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at Casa de Maryland in Langley Park, Md. Hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants scrambled to get papers in order Wednesday as the U.S. started accepting applications to allow them to avoid deportation and get a work permit _ but not a path to citizenship. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Applicant Laura Sanchez, from Mexico, left, fills the Casa de Maryland registration form, with help of her sister Nancy, before they can apply this afternoon for the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at Casa de Maryland in Langley Park, Md. Hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants scrambled to get papers in order Wednesday as the U.S. started accepting applications to allow them to avoid deportation and get a work permit _ but not a path to citizenship. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Yesterday, while we dug through thousands of tweets throughout the day about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, we noticed a few cautious tweeters asking questions about the next steps. Though it's an amazing moment for thousands of young people all over the country, no one is asking all those people who are lining up, "Now what?"

Here's the tweet that got us thinking:

Not to be a downer, but @Andalaucha has a point. What happens to all of these young people if there's a change in administration in a few months? The Romney camp has refused to say whether he'd allow policy to continue if elected. been Since the DACA doesn't actually make any guarantees and is only a temporary measure, how can the DREAMers further protect themselves?

Have you been thinking about the possible consequences for the thousands of young people signing up? If so, let us know your concerns in the comments.

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