The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, was first introduced in 2012 and has allowed more than 650,000 people who came to the U.S. illegally as children to live here. The program allowed for these individuals to remain in the U.S. for two years, with the option to renew, and protected them from being deported. For a long time, DACA recipients were able to attend school, work, and live without having to worry about being placed in removal proceedings, however, that all changed after Donald Trump took office as president.
Shortly after Trump assumed his role as the leader of the U.S., he proposed to end the DACA program. While DACA recipients, sometimes referred to as “Dreamers,” were allowed to remain in the U.S. so as long as they complied with the program requirements, many began feeling uncertain as to what the future held if Trump’s proposal became law. Now that we are in 2020 and are approaching the time for the Supreme Court to decide whether the program shall end, many Dreamers are growing anxious and worried.
But sources like Politico say it is unlikely for Trump to completely eliminate the program altogether.
Instead, Politico reported that “no side expects President Donald Trump will immediately end the program if the ruling goes in his favor.” The source says that “Trump is expected to slowly wind down the program and use that as leverage to try and strike a broader immigration deal with Democrats this summer, according to six people familiar with the situation.” But the source says that Democrats, leery of making any decisions with Trump, “want to wait to see if their party wins back the White House and Senate in November.”
In the meantime, while Dreamers wait for the Supreme Court to rule on the matter, many say they wake up each day bothered by the idea that the program that has protected them for this long might no longer exist.
Are you a DACA recipient or are at risk of losing legal status?
If you are worried that your immigration status may be jeopardy, the San Antonio, Texas immigration lawyers at the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen may be able to help you. If you would like to find out what can be done to prevent you from being placed in removal proceedings, consider contacting Texas immigration lawyer J. Joseph Cohen to discuss what can be done to protect you.
You can reach the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen at:
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