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DACA Program – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival

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The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program was created in 2012 through Executive Order, by President Obama to protect certain individuals from deportation and give them legal work authorization. To be eligible for DACA, an individual must meet the following criteria:

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The sad reality is if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the Trump Administration, and the Dreamers have not taken any action to address their current status, they risk losing their valid work authorization and any protected status. This would result in Dreamers being deported, most likely, to a country they do not remember. The truth is, many Dreamers would view the country in which they were born as foreign as I, a native-born Texan, would view anywhere other than the United States.

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Based on various initial reports of the Supreme Court’s perception of this case as well as the method in which this program was created and rescinded, we find it very likely that in 2020 there will be no DACA renewals. We find it far more likely the Trump Administration will win this court case and thousands of DACA recipients will fall out of legal status. While there may be hope of a deal between the Trump Administration and Congressional Democrats, the likelihood of legislation being passed to save the DACA program seems unlikely. This is especially true because of the fact that 2020 is an election year.
The questions become, so, what are the options? How do DACA recipients ensure they maintain valid work authorization and the ability to live and work in the U.S.? This is why it is so important that if you are a Dreamer or the employer of a Dreamer, you contact our law firm as soon as possible. There are a number of options, based on the individual circumstances of the Dreamer, that would potentially allow for a legal sponsorship of that individual.
There are options for DACA recipients that are both family-based petitions and employment-based petitions. There are different requirements for each type of application. Please note, if you are a Dreamer and you have committed a crime, you may be barred for the below types of applications.

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