What is the DACA Program?
The Obama administration introduced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012. The program allows qualifying undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as minors to be protected against deportation, and have the ability to obtain a work permit. Participants could use this time to become U.S. citizens. Program participants are often referred to as “Dreamers.” With a lawsuit looming, however, the DACA program could soon be eliminated if the Trump administration does not step in to support it.
Requirements for the DACA Program
To be eligible
- You must have come to the U.S. before your 16th birthday;
- Have lived continuously in the U.S. since 2007;
- Be under the age of 31 by June 15, 2012;
- Be physically present in America on June 15,
2012and at the time of requesting deferred action;
- Have completed your high school degree or a GED, or are enrolled in school;
- Have not been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.
President Obama moved to expand eligibility under the DACA program, but an injunction filed by several states was ultimately upheld by the court system. Now, without action by the Trump administration, the DACA program may soon be eliminated. Activists are pushing for the creation of new legislation that would permanently protect “Dreamers.”
The Importance of the DACA Program and Dream Act
The DACA program and the related Dream Act were created to protect a unique class of individuals living within the United States. The DACA program acknowledges that many minors currently living in our country have lived here for the majority of their lives. They know no other country. If allowed to stay within American, these young people generally grow up to be productive members of society. By keeping law abiding students and young people in the U.S., we can keep families intact and help to build a stronger America.
Any immigrant currently residing in the U.S. who may qualify for the DACA or Dream Act should consult with an immigration lawyer as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. Our firm’s attorneys have vast experience helping DACA, so if you have questions or would like assistance please call us today to schedule a consult with an immigration attorney at NPZ Law Group.