DACA: What Now?

By now, you have undoubtedly heard of Trump’s decision to rescind and phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the announcement Tuesday, September 5, 2017. DACA protected thousands of young people that were brought to the U.S. undocumented through no fault of their own.

These young people grew up in the United States indistinguishable from any other American. They are ALL upstanding productive members of society – they have to be – it is a requirement of the DACA program. They know no other home. These young people have pride in the culture and heritage of their parent’s country of origin, but they are also proud Americans that love their home as any U.S. born person.

Today they are at risk of losing the only life that they know. They are at risk of choosing to leave their own U.S. born American children in the United States or bringing them to a country where they may face extreme poverty, poor education, language barriers, and violence.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made a vague noncommittal statement regarding using the list of DACA holders to hunt down and deport them. The Tweeter in Chief also stated that DACA holders “have nothing to worry about” (for six months). However, just two days after the DACA announcement, news surfaces that ICE plans one of the biggest immigration raids that they have ever executed. Then promptly “cancels” those raids due to the bombardment of multiple massive hurricanes to southern U.S.

Do not let the language fool you. The raids have not been “cancelled,” they have merely postponed due to the severe weather and ongoing recovery efforts. Also, do not get distracted from the larger assault on foreign nationals and immigrants in the U.S. This is not just about DACA nor is it about “illegal” immigrants.

Just 7 days after his inauguration, Trump signed the executive order banning Muslims with LEGAL immigration status from entering the United States. Not once, but twice. The RAISE act would also halve LEGAL immigration to the United States, favoring young adult highly educated immigrants (creating greater competition for American jobs) and nearly eliminating family based immigration. The RAISE act would also eliminate the Diversity Visa program – another LEGAL immigration option.

This isn’t about criminals. This isn’t about saving American jobs. It’s about discrimination and politics.

Now, more than ever, is the time to act to protect yourself and your family. We have no idea what is next on the chopping block. Whether you are here with legal status, DACA or undocumented, you MUST act now.

Educate yourself on your rights. If you may have an option to gain status for yourself or your loved one, get competent legal assistance NOW. An experienced immigration attorney can help you be sure you are putting together your case the best way possible to move it through the application process as quickly as possible. Be on alert for “notarios” (non-attorneys that sloppily prepare and file immigration applications for a few hundred dollars). Make sure you attorney is licensed, in good standing, free of grievances and specifically experienced in Immigration Law & Procedure.

Put a plan in place to protect you and your family before it’s  too late.

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Don’t let more time pass without action!