USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) recently announced significant changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In addition, these changes could have a profound impact on the situation of a group of beneficiaries.
To Jaskot Law, it is important that DACA program recipients know in detail these changes and what they mean for each particular situation. Read on for the latest news on this valuable migratory resource.
What is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program?
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, is a political initiative implemented in 2012 by former President Barack Obama. It is designed to offer temporary protection to undocumented youth who came to the United States as minors.
DACA program recipients, often referred to as “Dreamers,” were an integral part of U.S. society. Not only that, they also contributed significantly to the cultural diversity and social fabric of the country.
Prohibition of the DACA program
On Wednesday, September 13, Judge Andrew Hanen made a decision on the ban of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. According to USCIS, “the U.S. District Court declared the DACA Final Rule unlawful and extended the original July 16, 2021 injunction and cancellation order.”
However, it should be clarified that the Court applied a partial suspension for all beneficiaries who have already received their status before July 16, 2021. If you have any questions about the status of your situation, please do not hesitate to contact Jaskot Law for legal advice.
Changes announced for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program
The USCIS announcement includes several important modifications to the DACA program that beneficiaries should be aware of. These include:
- New Applications: USCIS announced that it will not receive new applications for DACA, only renewal applications.
- Current Beneficiaries: All beneficiaries currently holding this benefit and the work permits will remain in effect until they expire, or each beneficiary cancels it.
These changes may confuse current beneficiaries if they are not aware of the new developments. In addition, the stress of the uncertain future of this program can be considerable. Contact Jaskot Law and its team will give you peace of mind.
Implications for Deferred Action Beneficiaries
The recent changes announced by USCIS regarding the DACA Program have a number of profound and significant implications for beneficiaries. Some of them are:
1. Increased Uncertainty
The reduction in the duration of protection and stricter requirements for renewal create an environment of greater uncertainty. Dreamers are forced to deal with the constant question of whether they will be able to maintain their status in the country.
2. Increased Renewal Frequency
Reducing the renewal period to just one year means facing the renewal process much more frequently. This generates an additional burden and increases the possibility of errors.
3. Increased Documentation Requirements
The renewal process is now more rigorous, with stricter requirements to demonstrate that the beneficiary continues to meet the eligibility criteria.
4. Impact on Future Planning
These changes also affect Dreamers’ ability to plan for their long-term future. Uncertainty and additional constraints may influence every decision they make.
5. Political Uncertainty
It is important to note that immigration policy in the United States is a constantly evolving issue. The changes to the DACA program may not be the last, and recipients should be prepared to adapt to future modifications to the program.
In conclusion, the USCIS announcement of changes to the Deferred Action program represents a major turning point in U.S. immigration policy. These changes will have a significant impact on the lives of Dreamers and their families.
It is crucial that the immigrant community and those interested in this issue be attentive to future developments and possible actions that may be taken in response to these changes. Don’t worry, Jaskot Law‘s team of specialized lawyers has the capacity to inform you and accompany you in case of sudden changes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Dreamers travel outside the United States under DACA?
Yes, DACA program recipients may apply for special permission to travel outside the United States for educational, employment or humanitarian purposes. However, proper procedures must be followed.
What actions can Dreamers take to protect their status under DACA?
Dreamers should make sure to renew their DACA status in a timely manner, keep abreast of any changes in immigration policies, and seek legal advice.
How can citizens and legal residents support Dreamers?
Citizens and legal residents can support Dreamers through advocacy for favorable legislation, donations to nonprofit organizations that help Dreamers, and participation in activities to raise awareness of the challenges faced by young undocumented immigrants.