12 Dec The Deferred Action Dream Obama Gave Immigrants
June 2012 saw the dreams of many parents of immigrant children in the US come true. The Homeland Security announcement came as a wave of joy. It said that people who met the criteria set by the Government regarding children who came to the US at below 16 years of age and parents of lawful Residents could be considered for Deferred Action. The criteria were set for a period of 2 years and subject to renewal. Work authorization was granted to these immigrants. Dreamers’ Movement is the name given to this endeavor and it is a positive step in the immigration process.
Deferred Action does not afford lawful status, but does defer deportation fears for a period of two years. This takes into account that there are no pending criminal records or action in your name. It is best to consult a reputed New Jersey Immigration attorney to review your application and if necessary apply for renewal at the end of the term.
How to request DACA for the first time
The process of applying for the first time for DACA is a cumbersome process and might need some help from a reputed immigration attorney. You might have a better chance of getting a positive result if the application is precise and concise.
- You should be under the age of 31 on June 2012.
- You celebrated your 16th birthday in the US.
- It is mandatory that you have been residing in the Us continuously since June 15th 2007 till present times.
- There is a requirement that you were present in the country on the 15th of June 2012 while applying for the DACA status.
- There were no lawsuits or pending criminal suits pending in your name, and you had no criminal record like a felony, or significant misdemeanours.
- You should have all the records of your school, financial and medical history.
These are mandatory requirements and have to be accompanied by relevant documents and forms. There is an injunction from the Supreme Court that has currently stopped accepting new applications.
The Donald Trump effect on DACA
The President elect of the US Donald Trump had made an emphatic point during his campaign that he would stop all immigration activity. His vociferous statements have touched a nerve in the minds of DACA applicants. They are on tenterhooks about the state of their applications and the renewal of their work authorization status.
The hate speeches against the immigrant community in his election speeches has led President Obama to comment that the children who have come to the country with their parents are not at fault and should not be penalized.
The future policy will be clear only after the Donald Trump administration makes its position clear on the subject.