Articles Tagged with DACA program

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ImmigrationpapersAs a result of President Obama’s executive order late last year, roughly 4 million undocumented immigrants will remain in the US and be eligible to seek legal employment. The future of this action is shrouded in uncertainty, however, since congressional Republicans vehemently oppose the initiative. Many state leaders have also pledged to block the legislation in federal court. The resulting clash may lead to yet another government shutdown.

Estimates show that the Department of Homeland Security will run out of funding on February 27th, due to budgetary insufficiency. Congress is attempting to pass a new funding bill which will extend the agency’s funding past the upcoming deadline, but there is a great deal of gridlock in Congress as it relates to Obama’s immigration reform.

The first stage of Obama’s plan is an extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was slated to start Wednesday. It covers immigrants that entered the US as infants. If the immigrant has graduated from a high school in the US and has no criminal record, he/she may apply for a United States work permit.

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drivingA permanent injunction issued by a federal judge in Arizona now mandates that the state government must grant drivers licenses to immigrants who have been issued deferred action through the DACA program. This marks a significant victory for the Obama administration, which has been facing significant opposition from Republicans in the House of Representatives, as well as various other state governments across the country, over recent changes to immigration policy.

US District Court Judge David Campbell introduced the injunction last week, which will enable immigrants to receive state issued driver’s licenses in Arizona. Immigrants who are part of the President’s Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program are now eligible to seek employment under federal guidelines.

Naturally, the ruling has been well received by the immigrant population in the state. Arizona authorities can now grant licenses to more 80,000 participants of the DACA program. The permanent injunction has been designed to enable Dreamers, those who benefit from the program,  to drive their own vehicles to work. Even as their immigration status still remains unsettled, the ruling will help individuals to lead a more comfortable life in the United States.

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uscisThe Citizen and  Immigration Services recently announced that they will start accepting applications for the expanded DACA program beginning on February 18. In order to qualify, the applicant must have entered the country before turning 16 years of age and must have lived here continuously since Jan 1, 2010. The work authorization period for the DACA program has also been extended from 2 to 3 years.

The expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was announced by President Obama in November 2014. The President’s executive action on immigration will now provide deportation relief to thousands of illegal immigrants in the country.

DACA applications were first issued in 2012.  At the time, applicants were required to have entered the United States before turning 16 and must have lived in the country continuously as of June 15, 2007. They were also required to be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2007 to qualify for the program.

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