Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that the Trump Administration is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
DACA was created through a memorandum in 2012 which gave individuals who entered the United States as children the ability to work—and sometimes travel—for periods of two years at a time.
The program is being rescinded in six (6) months, on March 5, 2018. The administration claims it is giving Congress this time to enact legislation to protect the individuals currently protected under DACA, and I previously wrote about the Dream Act of 2017 which would do just that. Unless and until that legislation is passed and signed by the President, DACA protections will end on March 5.
The memorandum issued by the Department of Homeland Security specifies what will happen between today and March 5th. The Department will:
The most important dates to remember from this memorandum are October 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018. If an individual has a current DACA benefit and/or employment authorization document that expires on or before March 5, 2018, it is imperative to file a renewal as soon as possible and before October 5, 2017.
The other important aspect of this announcement is that previously granted deferred action and employment authorization remains valid—notwithstanding any criminal or other reasons for the benefit to terminate—until the expiration date.
If you have been previously granted a DACA benefit and have questions about your immigration status, contact our law firm for a consultation. If you have a DACA benefit that expires on or before March 5, 2018, contact an attorney to renew your benefits as soon as possible. The attorneys at Joseph & Hall P.C. are happy to help.
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