On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it is officially ending the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, with a six-month grace period. While many people are undoubtedly concerned about the President’s decision, it is important to be aware of the precise changes that will ensue and of what will NOT change after the phase-out of the policy.
Given the actions of the Trump Administration, many immigrants are understandably anxious that the information they provided the government will now be used against them to deport them or their family members. Despite the above changes, there is no indication that the government has changed its policy with respect to using identifying information provided during the DACA application process. In general, as was the case previously, USCIS will only refer cases to Immigration & Customs Enforcement in specified circumstances including threats to public safety. DACA recipients should not panic about the prospect of deportation solely on the grounds of the recent changes. An experienced immigration attorney can assist you in evaluating whether you may be eligible for other relief when the program is finally phased out.
Immigration law is a constantly changing field. Pollack, Pollack, Isaac, and DeCicco, LLP has extensive experience navigating these changes to correctly advise our clients and protect their interests. We will continue to advise of any changes still to come on the issue, including, among other possibilities, potential action by Congress in this regard.
Read the latest DACA update from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at https://www.uscis.gov/daca2017.
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