The Elimination of DACA
As of September 5, 2017, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been eliminated. As discussed previously on this blog, DACA, created in 2012, allowed certain individuals who entered the U.S. under the age of 16 to obtain a work permit and remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation. An estimated 800,000 youngsters are DACA recipients. According to the Legal Aid Justice Center, 12,134 DACA recipients reside in Virginia alone with some 1,280 enrolled in a Virginia college and an estimated 10,557 in the labor force.
Here are the most important facts you need to know regarding the elimination:
- New DACA applications will no longer be accepted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
- DACA-based travel documents, known as Advance Parole, will no longer be accepted. Renewal applications will be accepted until October 5, 2017 for those whose benefits expire on or before March 5, 2018.
- Work permits received through DACA continue to be valid through their expiration date.
- Information provided to USCIS should not be provided to Immigration & Customs Enforcement unless the DACA-holder took part in some activity that subjects him/her to deportation proceedings. The most common example would be a criminal conviction for a deportable offense.
It is imperative that those with expiring benefits file renewal applications before October 5, 2017. Our office stands ready to assist with renewals as well as meet with concerned individuals who worry about life beyond DACA. Congress now has the sizable task of enacting reform to protect Dreamers, and we will keep you posted on the latest news as it becomes available.
From our offices in Northern Virginia, the immigration attorneys at Livesay & Myers, P.C. represent clients in Virginia, D.C. and across the United States. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.