The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was recently
ended, and many beneficiaries, called Dreamers, are worried about what
their future holds. As the program winds down and Dreamers begin to lose
their protection, many have questions about what will happen to them.
Here is what you should know about the end of DACA.
What Will Happen to Current DACA Holders?
Current recipients of DACA will continue to enjoy the benefits of the program,
including deferred action and authorization to work, until the end of
their benefits period. If you were a new applicant who had submitted your
application before September 5, 2017, you are likely to receive the program benefits for the next two years,
until your benefits expire. If your renewal date falls between September
5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, you must submit your renewal by October 5,
2017 to renew your benefits.
What Happens When My Benefits Expire?
Unless you are eligible for renewal as explained above, your benefits will
expire sometime within the next 2 years. Once you are no longer a registered
DACA recipient, you will no longer receive deferred action status. You
will also be unable to legally work in the U.S. Even under DACA, recipients
were still considered to be undocumented immigrants, and now they may
be subject to removal.
Will My Information Be Passed to ICE?
As of the current understanding, neither Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will receive DACA recipients’
or applicants’ information from the U.S. Customs and Immigration
Services (USCIS). There are exceptions, however, such as a recipient meets
the criteria for a Notice To Appear (NTA) or a referral to ICE. This policy
may be changed without notice.
Speak With Our Philadelphia Immigration Lawyer - (215) 649-7535
The ending of DACA is a frightening event for thousands of young immigrants.
Our team at the
Law Office of Matthew Archambeault understands the challenges you are facing, which is why were are committed
to being an advocate to those who are powerless. Let our Philadelphia
immigration attorney provide you with sound, effective legal counsel and help you
understand and navigate your legal options.
Schedule a consultation now.
Contact our firm online, or call (215) 649-7535.