First things first, what is DACA?
DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It is a U.S. immigration policy that allows some people who came to the country as children to request that any removal orders for deportation be postponed. It also allows DACA recipients to work legally.
Who are the “Dreamers”, and what is happening to them?
“Dreamers” are people who are affected by DACA or the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which Congress has not passed. In September 2017, Trump announced he would end the DACA program. Without it, an estimated 800,000 immigrants who are currently lawfully in the United States would lose their legal status.
What’s the latest news in the ongoing DACA battle?
During the course of the Donald Trump presidency, the lives of the DACA recipients have been up in the air. Although DACAs were never guaranteed a path to citizenship through the program, it did give them a certain level of stability. Now, the future of the program is uncertain. The policy is being challenged in the highest court. Three federal appeals courts blocked Trump’s attempt to end DACA, saying he violated the Administrative Procedure Act. So, the case went to the Supreme Court. It is not expected for the Supreme Court to take a ruling on the matter until 2020.
What immigration options are available for DACA recipients?
With the future of the DACA program uncertain, many “Dreamers” and employers are assessing their options. Under current immigration law, no individual can apply for a “green card” solely on the basis of having DACA. There must be some other factor that makes a DACA recipient eligible for a “green card”. These factors may include marriage to a U.S. citizen, certain employment, and others.
If you are a DACA recipient and are interested in adjusting your status, it is highly recommended to consult with an experienced immigration attorney. An immigration expert can assess your immigration options, provide viable advice and guide you through the process as well as help to avoid unnecessary complications along the way, which increases your chances of being approved. Here, at Root Law Group, we offer a free in-office consultation with our knowledgeable immigration attorneys. Call us at (323) 456 7600 to schedule your appointment. Let’s talk about your immigration options today!