The Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be ending. There was much confusion about this program during its lifetime, and there is certain to be even more as it comes to an end. Dreamers and their families must use caution during this time.
The End Of DACA Does Not Mean Automatic Deportation
Almost 800,000 young people who entered the country before turning 16 were protected, at least temporarily, from deportation and granted authorization to work in the United States. These young people were called Dreamers. However, just because the program is ending does not mean that Dreamers will be subject to immediate deportation. Dreamers should review their requirements and options as soon as possible.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association released an info sheet that highlights some of the items that Dreamers need to know. Here are some of the key details:
- No further applications will be accepted. Applications that have already been submitted will still be processed.
- Dreamers whose DACA expires on March 5th, 2018, or before may apply for a two-year extension. The application must be submitted by October 5th of this year.
- Dreamers whose DACA expires after March 5th, 2018, may not apply for an extension.
Those eligible for an extension are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. Those who are not eligible should be aware that they may have other options available. Every situation is unique and immigration law is complex, so it is worth working with a trusted immigration law attorney to find out the best way to remain in the United States. Those threatened with deportation should also be aware that there may be defense options.