DACA, or the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, has received 800,000 applications since its inception. The Dreamers, as those who were enrolled in the program, were called, mostly came from Mexico, but have come from all over the world. As part of our service to you, we want to explain the DACA, and what it might mean for our community.
What is the DACA?
The DACA was designed to help those who were brought to the US as children. When people immigrate to the US without documents, they often bring their children along. These children grow up in the US and are prepared to contribute to American society. It is rare that they know another home.
In 2012, Barack Obama enacted this program, which allows young people who were brought to this country when they were kids to work and study in the US, and grants them the ability to thrive in the country without fear of deportation.
Applicants must be younger than 31 years old. They must have lived in the US continuously since 2007. When they arrive, they must have been fewer than 16 years old. People who apply to the program must have totally clean criminal records, which is strictly enforced.
On September 5th, 2017, Donald Trump ordered an end to the program and moved the responsibility onto Congress to invent a solution as he phased out the program. Donald Trump once suggested that he did not believe in deporting those who are productive, and said that the DACA is a “very, very difficult subject” for him.
What does this mean for those who are already here?
As of right now, the Trump regime is no longer considering new applicants for legal status in the US. Any DACA recipients with a permit that expires before March 5, 2018, will have the opportunity to reapply for a two-year renewal if they apply by October 5.
The Department of Homeland Security has already started moving ahead with an orderly winding down of the program. This department emphasized its right to “exercise its discretionary authority to terminate or deny deferred action for any reason, at any time, with or without notice.”
It is unclear if Congress will come to any resolution in the 6-month time frame. For many Dreamers, the time frame is far more pressing, as in some instance Immigration Control has targeted those who speak out. Trump said he will revisit the issue should there be no resolution. According to Trump, DACA recipients are not enforcement priorities unless they are gang members or are involved in criminal activity, which is one of the stipulations of the program.
What does it mean for me?
It is hard to say exactly at the moment. Those who wished to apply have had their window slammed shut, and it remains to be seen if mass deportations will occur. At any rate, none of the participants of the program will be forced to leave immediately.
Any people whose claims are being assessed by DACA and need to renew should contact us immediately to get their applications in as soon as possible. We have a team of Immigration Lawyers at your disposal. Renewals for current beneficiaries need to get in and accepted by October 5, 2017. Call us today at (800) 883-5206.