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Future of DACA Remains Unclear

Future of DACA Remains Unclear

Under the Obama administration, a 2012 federal program protects roughly 700,000 individuals who came to the country as immigrant children from removal on a temporary basis. Now, with the establishment of an administration that has vowed to crackdown on illegal immigration, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has an uncertain future. Even worse is the uncertainty for DACA participants, who hope to be spared from removal and given the chance to positively contribute to the U.S. economy.

While Trump initially declared that he would repeal DACA soon after taking office, he more recently has seemed to soften his stance somewhat on his prior insistence on repealing the program. Widely seen as one of the more successful programs for young people brought to the U.S. by their parents illegally as children, many immigration activists and large universities nationwide have publicly claimed their support for DACA. These educational institutions include the University of San Francisco, Santa Clara University, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and San Jose State.

Nonetheless, the uncertainties and fears of eventual deportation have caused substantial anxiety and worries among DACA participants. While DACA was not a permanent shield to removal for its participants, it did provide some measure of security that allowed these immigrants to pursue higher education and to positively impact the American economy. Many DACA recipients have completed their studies and hold professional or high-level jobs that definitely benefit the U.S. The reality is that to deport these individuals would be to send much-needed educated and skilled individuals back to their native countries, which, at least from a cost-benefit analysis perspective, is not economically wise.

Although some hope remains that the current administration will provide some protection from deportation for DACA recipients, the extent and length of this protection are very uncertain. The California deportation defense lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., know how to help when you or a family member has been detained by ICE. We fight for the rights of detained individuals and immigrants charged with deportation on a daily basis. We have the knowledge and experience that is necessary to success in deportation defense cases. In these cases, we obtain the evidence necessary to support your claims for relief, no matter what the basis may be. We know how the complex U.S. immigration system works. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.


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