Recent actions by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the resulting lawsuits have created an atmosphere of uncertainty and confusion. While immigration law attorneys are contesting the termination of this vital program in court, the status of authorization recipients changes frequently, with an outcome that is far from settled. Below are some of the most common questions about the current state of the DACA program.
Your DACA FAQ
What Is DACA?
The DACA program is designed to give work authorization to qualified undocumented immigrants brought to the United States by their parents as children. To be eligible, recipients must have been enrolled in school or have a diploma, been honorably discharged from the armed forces, and have no significant criminal record.
Has the DACA Program Been Terminated?
While the administration announced that the program would be ended in March of 2018, courts have ruled that DACA must remain available for some applicants while subsequent legal challenges are resolved.
Are New Requests Being Accepted?
While a court has issued a ruling that could reinstate the program in its entirety, that decision has been stayed temporarily. For now, the government is only accepting renewal requests from those who already have or have held DACA status.
What Should I Do if I’m Eligible for DACA but Never Applied?
While the administration’s decision to end the program is litigated, eligible participants and those who already have DACA should speak to an experienced immigration law professional. Attorneys receive constant updates about relevant court cases and immigration law memos and will be able to provide advice as the situation unfolds.
With years of experience and a reputation for dedicated service and unmatched expertise, Berd & Klauss, PLLC in New York City offers legal assistance to clients from across the globe. With their up-to-the-minute knowledge of U.S. immigration law, lawyers Patrick Klauss and Alex Berd always provide advice based on the latest developments. To discuss your case and schedule a consultation, visit their website or call their offices at (212) 461-7152.