I have DACA, and mine’s expiring! Is all lost?

No.  For many of you, all is not lost.

The Trump administration is ending DACA, but there is an opportunity to renew – if your DACA will run out before March 5, 2018, AND you apply for renewal before October 5, 2017.  Notice that second date – you MUST apply to renewe before October 5!

According to the official Department of Homeland Security, it:

“Will adjudicate—on an individual, case by case basis—properly filed pending DACA renewal requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents from current beneficiaries that have been accepted by the Department as of the date of this memorandum, and from current beneficiaries whose benefits will expire between the date of this memorandum and March 5, 2018 that have been accepted by the Department as of October 5, 2017.”

In addition, people whose renewals are already in process will not be affected by Secretary Sessions’ September 5 announcement.  DHS will accept no more initial DACA applications, nor will it issue travel permission to DACA holders.  But many can renew, if they act fast.

So, if your DACA will expire before March 5, 2018, and you have not yet applied to renew, apply right away!  Run; do not walk, to the best lawyer you can find and file that renewal application!  There is no time to lose!

Linnartz Immigration Law can help with that.  Give us a call or an e-mail.

The End of DACA: An Opportunity or a Tragedy?

President Trump has announced that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will end in March 2018. This decision has drawn fire from hard-line restrictionists, who wanted him to cancel the program (as he once promised) “on day one” of his presidency and to deport all its participants.
On the other hand, many pro-immigrant groups would like DACA to continue indefinitely – or at least until comprehensive immigration reform, which is like saying “until it snows asparagus.”
The end of DACA could be a tragedy, not only for around 800,000 young people whom it currently protects, but also for their families and employers – not to mention the American economy, which would be severely shocked by the abrupt loss of so many productive workers.
But it could be an opportunity to do the right thing – if politicians act wisely and compassionately.
Nobody credibly sees DACA participants as threats, terrorists, or morally culpable for their “illegal” presence in America. They were brought to the United States as children and have established lives here. They qualified for DACA by pursuing education and showing good moral character.
Congress has often in the past had opportunities to pass the DREAM Act – a law that would provide such blameless, productive people with legal status. But politics on both sides – Republican and Democrat – have prevented the passage of this good legislation.
In general, Republican opposition has come from protectionist belief that immigrants steal jobs from Americans and the harsh notion that even children brought to the U.S. unlawfully must be punished for the sins of others.
In general, Democrats have undermined the DREAM Act by requiring that it be tied to the impossible dream of comprehensive immigration reform. They were not too disappointed when this failed, because it provided a good issue for the next campaign.
The pressure of a deadline for DACA now creates an incentive for Congress to step up and act like a body of adults. Passage of the DREAM Act or its equivalent should be a no-brainer for any official who has an ounce of compassion and claims to care more about the good of America than about re-election.
Will you, Sens. Tillis and Burr, stand up for the right cause? Will you, our 13 House members, set aside petty posturing and act for good?
Will you?