Update on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is an American Immigration policy that is temporary in nature. It provides a way for DREAMers (non-citizens who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children) to apply for deferred action against deportation in two-year renewable increments, and to be eligible for work permits. Its nature has been a point of confusion and contention in the United States. Below we answer some common questions and misunderstandings about DACA:
Why is DACA temporary?
DACA was established as an executive order by President Obama in 2012. By nature, executive orders may be rescinded by subsequent presidents. In order for DACA to become permanent, Congress must pass a permanent act establishing it.
Why is DACA in danger?
In 2017 President Trump announced plans to phase out DACA, giving Congress six months to pass the DREAM Act or another form of legislation to protect DREAMers. Congress failed to act within the six months, however several courts have put the ending of DACA on hold. The Supreme Court has declined to decide on DACA this season.
How can DACA families stay updated on the status of DACA?
There are several websites that keep stay up to date with the most recent news on DACA. We recommend (but are not affiliated with) the following:
– National Immigration Law Center
– Informed Immigrant
– United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Can I apply for DACA now if I am eligible but never applied?
No, USCIS is not processing any new initial DACA applications at this time.
If I have DACA, can I renew my status? Is this wise?
Due to court orders, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew DACA status. Contact our office at (757) 422-8472 to set up an appointment for further advice on your specific case.
I have DACA status, can I travel within the United States?
While traveling within the United States is permitted, please be aware that it may come with risks. Contact our office at (757) 422-8472 to set up an appointment for further advice on your specific case.