Ever since DACA was repealed on September 5th, 2017 DREAMers have been left wondering what happens to them now. Congress has six months to come up with an effective legislative solution. DREAMers fear what that solution may be.
Who Is Affected By Changes To DACA?
DREAMers are immigrants who were brought to the United States before they were sixteen years old. They were either brought here illegally, or on a visa that has since expired. When DACA was enacted, they were granted temporary protection from deportation, along with other rights such as work permits and driver licenses. For many, the United States is the only country they know, which is making many uneasy about what the future holds in store, if they are deported.
When young immigrants apply for DACA, they are required to fill out extensive forms, including their information and addresses, along with their parent’s information and addresses. Without DACA, there is no protection put into place for them. Many fear that this personal information will be used to track them down for deportation.
What Does A DACA Reversal Mean?
DACA was enacted as an executive order by the Obama Administration, and was never meant to be permanent. Many are hoping that Congress will pass legislation that will create an easier pathway to citizenship for DREAMers. If they don’t, a DACA reversal will result in families being separated.
Many Immigration activists were uneasy about DACA, for the sheer fact that it only provided a temporary solution, and put off actual immigration reform. Immigration activists are hoping that Congress comes up with a solution that provides pathways to permanent residency and citizenship since presently, DREAMers are not eligible for permanent residency status.
If you are a DREAMer and your DACA expires before March 5th, 2018, you have until October 5th, 2017 to file for a two-year renewal. In order to file for a renewal, you must:
- Not have departed the United States on or after Aug. 15, 2012, without advance parole
- Have continuously resided in the United States since you submitted your most recent DACA request, which must have been approved
- Not have been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors,
- Not pose a threat to national security or public safety
If your DACA expires after March 5th, you will no longer eligible for renewal. New initial applications will not be processed, unless they have already been filed. There will also be no new advance parole requests granted, and pending applications will be denied and refunded.
Texas is home to a large number of DREAMers. If you or a loved one are worried about possible changes to your legal status due to DACA being dismantled, contact Lyttle Law Firm today to schedule a consultation with immigration lawyer Daniella Lyttle. Time is of the essence.