Update on D.A.C.A.


Emely Hernandez, Editor

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a national administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from being deported..

DACA gives young undocumented immigrants  protection from deportation along with  a work permit. The program expires after two years, but it can be renewed after those two years.

In order to qualify a person must be under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012. They had to  come to the United States before their 16th birthday, and they must have lived continuously in the United States from June 15, 2007 to the present. DACA youth must provide proof that they were physically in America through house payments.

They must be currently studying, graduated from high school, earned a certificate of completion of high school or GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or the  military. They can not  have been convicted of a felony, certain significant misdemeanors (including a single DUI), or three or more misdemeanors of any kind. Consult with an attorney about ANY contact you have had with law enforcement or immigration authorities.

In light of the new Trump Administration, here’s what needs to be known about DACA. DACA applicants, no, new initial applications are not being accepted at this time. All renewal applications were due to USCIS on October 5, 2017.

Right now there are states arguing against this decision, but nothing has changed the decision that has been implemented.