Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced its decision to end the immigration program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”), which has protected nearly 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation and given them work authorization.
For those impacted by this announcement, here is what you need to know:
- No new DACA applications will be accepted after September 5, 2017.
- Current beneficiaries of DACA will not be impacted before March 5, 2018.
- DACA renewal applications must be received no later than October 5th and only those whose status expires between September 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018, may apply. Any applications received after October 5 will be rejected.
- DACA recipients whose valid employment authorization document is lost, stolen or destroyed may still request a replacement.
- Advance parole requests pursuant to DACA will no longer be accepted and applications currently pending will have filing fees refunded.
Although U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services maintains that absent certain criteria, information obtained from the submission of DACA applications will not be shared with federal agencies for the purpose of immigration enforcement. However, if Congress does not act, then DACA beneficiaries would be treated as any other person who is in the country illegally.
There are two pieces of legislation currently pending in Congress that will directly impact DACA beneficiaries: The Bridge Act, which will make DACA law and the DREAM Act, which provides a pathway to lawful permanent residency.
Therefore, if Congress was not pressed to act before this announcement, they may be now. It is important more than ever that we remain vigilant, empowered, equipped and engaged. To contact your Congressional representative visit: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your case, please contact our office.