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Bi-Partisan Support for Bill Barring Removal of DACA Participants

Bi-Partisan Support for Bill Barring Removal of DACA Participants

A bipartisan team of senators and representatives, including Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), recently introduced federal legislation entitled the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act. This legislation represents an attempt to protect current participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) created DACA in 2012, which allowed certain noncitizens who have been brought to the country as children to avoid deportation on a temporary basis and receive work authorization in the meantime. Over 741,000 have participated in DACA over the last four years. The legislation is an attempt to counter Trump’s campaign promise to repeal all of Obama’s executive actions, including DACA. Under the BRIDGE Act, DACA recipients would receive continued work authorization and an additional three years of relief from deportation. Aside from protecting current DACA recipients, the proposed legislation would also provide protection for other undocumented immigrants who are not currently receiving DACA relief, but who would be approved under the program. All potential recipients of DACA would have to register with the federal government, pay the required fee, and pass a background check. Furthermore, the legislation would enact stronger confidentiality protections than the existing DACA program. For example, the law would bar the federal government from using personal information from DACA recipients for the purposes of deportation, unless the purpose involved national security or a criminal felony investigation. Although Trump has not explicitly indicated that he will refrain from repealing DACA, comments in recent months have led some to speculate that his resolve is softening, at least as to this group of immigrants. As for the rest of the markedly conservative Congress, GOP leadership has expressed a desire to wait and see how the Trump administration handles the issue before making any further decisions in this respect. The deportation defense lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. have handled countless deportation cases on behalf of individuals who are facing deportation charges, whether they are DACA participants or not. We know how devastating it can be for individuals to face a potential return to their native countries, often leaving behind their families, friends, jobs, and communities. We care about you and your family, and we want to help you fight your deportation charges. Call our office today to set up your consultation.

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