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Trump Ends DACA Program

Trump Ends DACA Program

The Justice Department has announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which is the program that Obama created to allow undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation. The Trump Administration will not permit any new applications for the program, effective immediately, although current DACA participants with permits set to expire prior to March 5, 2018, can apply for a two-year renewal, so long as they do so by October 5, 2017. For those individuals with valid permits, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will honor those permits until their expiration dates. Currently, the last existing permits would expire on March 5, 2020. Trump stated that he has directed DHS not to consider DACA recipients to be enforcement priorities, unless they are criminals, involved in criminal activity, or have membership in a gang. Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeatedly characterized DACA as “unconstitutional,” with “terrible humanitarian consequences,” by allowing hundreds of thousands of jobs to go to illegal aliens rather than Americans. The only way to keep DACA intact, or at least some version of the program, is for Congress to pass legislation extending the program, a move which Trump seems to expect, judging from his September 5th tweet: “Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!” Currently, the end of the DACA program will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who entered the U.S. as children. About 154,000 individuals have DACA permits that will expire prior to March 5, 2018, which is certain to create major back-ups in the processing of renewal applications, which must be completed by the tight deadline of October 5, 2017. Whether or not the DACA program impacts you and your family, we are here to help. If ICE has detained a family member or loved one, contacting an experienced California immigration attorney as quickly as possible can be essential to securing his or her release and fighting deportation. Taking steps to fix an immigration problem from the beginning is often much simpler than waiting until the last minute and attempting to remedy the situation. Call Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., at (510) 756-4468 today, and learn what we can do to help you through this situation.

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