USCIS is no longer accepting initial or renewal requests for DACA and the requests they receive from residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Back in 2012 when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was established by President Obama, nearly 800,000 individuals were permitted to live in the U.S. DACA allowed these immigrants to live here illegally but without the fear of being sent back to their home country. The goal, however, was to help get these individuals closer to obtaining permanent residency. Unfortunately, after President Trump’s push for change in immigration law, DACA is nearly at the end of its life and there are many immigrants still living here who are concerned with what is to come.
What could the end of DACA really mean?
According to The Washington Post, there are approximately 154,000 DACA recipients that are due to have their permits expire now through March 5th. According to the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), “an average of 915 young unauthorized immigrants will lose their work authorization and protection from deportation each day beginning on March 6, 2018 through March 5, 2020.” With DACA gone, there are vulnerable immigrants looking to cling onto any ounce of hope they have. This could result in them becoming more susceptible to fraud.
For instance, “notarios,” or public notaries are people who work here in the U.S. who pose as immigration attorneys claiming they can help an immigrant achieve the goal they are seeking to reach. The problem with “notarios” is that while the title represents an immigration lawyer in other countries, here in the U.S., they are simply public notaries. These individuals are not licensed to provide legal assistance nor can they help an immigrant obtain a visa or green card. Just because someone can promise you what you are looking for doesn’t mean that what they provide is legitimate.
If you need legal advice pertaining to an immigration matter, let the Atlanta, GA immigration lawyers at Kuck Immigration Partners provide it to you. Our firm is one of the leading immigration law firms in the country and would gladly provide you with the guidance and/ or information you are looking for.
Something else MPI pointed out was that “about 55 percent of current DACA recipients are employed — accounting for 0.25 percent of all U.S. workers.” Many of these individuals aren’t looking forward to having to return home. Instead, they might hide out, risk obtaining a fake green card, or engage in another fraudulent act that would keep them living and working here. However, there are many repercussions that come along with that so if you are a DACA recipient who is looking for answers, we are the lawyers to provide it to you.
Our Atlanta immigration and DACA attorneys at Kuck Immigration Partners will help you explore your options and determine how they may be of some assistance to you. We encourage you to contact us now by calling 404-816-8611 to get your consultation scheduled.