Is There Hope for DACA?

During a dinner meeting at the White House, Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi discussed their hope for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) to be saved. President Trump expressed willingness to support the necessary legislation that would protect the “Dreamers” (young, undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children) from deportation.

President Trump told reports “We’re working on a plan for DACA.”

While talks of a wall along the southern border may be put on hold, the overall goal is to correct the immigration situation and come up with a policy and action plan that will satisfy both sides of the aisle.

Will the Dreamers Get to Stay in the US?

The purpose of the dinner meeting at the White House was to provide Mr. Schumer and Ms. Pelosi with an opportunity to discuss the President’s request for border security items such as sensors for border monitoring, border enforcement air support, drones, and the rebuilding of roads that were in the President’s budget requests. If an agreement can be reached, it could potentially be paired with the Dream Act legislation from 2001 that shields young immigrants from being deported – providing them with a path towards citizenship.

While DACA only provides temporary legal status, the Dream Act offers the opportunity of citizenship. The President is focusing his attention at this time on DACA – offering young people a chance to stay here – not providing amnesty and citizenship.

Does President Trump Support DACA?

In a recent tweet, President Trump stated “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!…” Many people are taking this as a sign that he is open to resolving the DACA crisis rather than sending so many young people back to countries that they do not even know.

This tweet, along with another “…They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security” comes one week after his administration announced plans to end the DACA program with a six-month delay.

This delay offers Congress the opportunity to pass new immigration reform legislation that would allow the Dreamers to stay in the US.

Who Is Affected by DACA?

Those individuals who were under 31 years of age on June 15, 2012, that came to the country before reaching their 16th birthday, and have lived in the US continuously since June 15, 2007, had been eligible for DACA.

Additional requirements include:

⦁ A high school diploma or
⦁ GED certification or
⦁ Current school enrollment or
⦁ Honorable discharge from the military and
⦁ No criminal record

Close to 800,000 undocumented youth fall under the protection of DACA.

A letter signed by nearly 2,000 business leaders and eight governors has been sent to President Trump requesting that DACA not be rescinded.

To keep up to date with the latest news on DACA and the Dream Act, as well as discuss your immigration concerns and needs, please contact Coral Springs attorneys Brodzki Jacobs & Associates, PL at (954) 344-7737 to schedule an appointment.

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