Immigration and immigration issues have been in the news a lot as of lately. It’s essential to keep up on these topics so that you know where your family stands and if you may be at risk for deportation. Last year the Trump administration announced that they will be getting rid of DACA. The president has expressed his dislike of the program. DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Essentially, this program gives amnesty to certain undocumented immigrants. Many of these immigrants are people who have come to the United States as children. It was founded by the Obama Administration in 2012. As an undocumented immigrant, you could request DACA status if you are under the age of 31 by June 15, 2012. You could also request DACA status if you came to the US before you turned the age of 16 only if you have been living in the United States since June 15, 2007. To get into the program, it required that you have either a high school diploma or a GED. You could still be in school as well to qualify. Or you may accepted if you received an honorable discharge from the military. In order to achieve DACA status, you must not have any criminal charges against you. It’s essential to note that being apart of the DACA program does not provide “legal status”.
Fixing or Replacing DACA
As mentioned before, the Trump administration aimed to get rid of DACA. Congress gave the Trump administration 6 months to either fix the current DACA system or to replace it with what they felt was a better substitute. This is a very complex and divided matter. A federal judge in Texas could create a great crisis in this matter. Andrew Hanen could order to stop DACA renewals for immigrants. However, other judges have a different opinion. Judges in New York, California, and Washington D.C. want to continue renewals for DACA.
Taking it to the Supreme Court
If Hanen rules to stop the renewal of DACA, then the Trump administration will be forced to decide whether to stop or continue. It’s highly likely that the supreme court will have to step in to solve this situation. The supreme court could grant a stay. This would temporarily stop enforcement of orders. However, if the supreme court does not grant a stay, then some states could be renewing DACA program for undocumented immigrants while other states will have terminated the program. At least five justices will need to come to an agreement on the next steps that need to be taken. With the split court, however, this will be highly difficult.
Immigration is a truly complex issue. Especially in this day and age. Being an immigrant now in the United States can be scary. It’s important to know that there are still laws in place to protect you. You need someone with experience. You need someone to help lift the weight off of your shoulders. Familia America has been dealing with cases like yours for over 40 years with the combined experience of immigration attorney Gloria Cardenas and senior paralegal Abby L. Van Sice. Contact them today at 801-656-9605 or simply fill out this contact form.