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DACA

Immigration Law

Deffered Action For Childhood Arrivals

 

WHAT IS DACA?

DACA created an opportunity for those individuals brought into the US as minors, who do not have legal status, to apply for a 2-year, renewable period of deferred action on deportation, and obtain a work permit. Approximately 800,000 individuals were enrolled in DACA as of 2017.

WHY WAS DACA CREATED?

President Obama established DACA by Executive Order in 2012 after numerous failed attempts by the US Congress to enact legislation, known as the Dream Act, to protect minors, often referred to as “Dreamers”, brought into the US illegally by their parents.

WHAT DACA DID NOT DO:

DACA does NOT afford a path to citizenship. It does NOT resolve the underlying legal status of “Dreamers”. It is merely a temporary solution.

CURRENT STATUS OF DACA:

In September of 2017, President Trump initiated a plan, via Executive Order, to begin phasing out the DACA program and gave the US Congress 6 months to take action on enacting comprehensive Immigration reform that addressed “Dreamers”. This order set a deadline for DACA application and renewal. This Executive Order is currently being litigated in US Federal Court.

DO I QUALIFY FOR DACA?

January 8, 2018, a preliminary injunction was issued by the North District Court of California and granted Provisional Relief for DACA. On February 13, 2018, the Eastern District Court of New York issued the same preliminary injunction.

The preliminary injunction requires that anyone who had previously been granted DACA be afforded the opportunity for renewal. The method of renewal is determined by the expiration date of your DACA.

THE FUTURE OF DACA

Most American support legislation to protect “Dreamers”. Through continued activism and awareness, we hope our elected representatives will work to enact bi-partisan legislation to reform US Immigration Law.

DACA LINKS:

Preliminary Injunction Information:
https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-response-january-2018-preliminary-injunction

DACA Online Renewal:
https://www.uscis.gov/archive/renew-your-daca

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