Those affected are urged to seek the counsel of a knowledgeable immigration attorney in order to safeguard their rights and those of their children …
Washington, D.C. – The hotly debated Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) programs have hit significant roadblocks.
On November 20, 2014, as per the Washington Post, President Obama unveiled his new programs regarding illegal immigrant parents and children with a televised announcement stating that he is going to defer deportation for 4 million illegal immigrants. This group consists of 3.7 million undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents and 300,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children. As the rules change day to day, the undocumented aliens in this class will need very experienced immigration attorneys who can keep up with the latest developments.
The immigration program was supposed to begin accepting applications on February 18, 2015, as stated in the Washington Post. However, the administration had to immediately postpone the launch. On February 17, 2015, U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas ruled that the deferred-deportation program should not move forward while a lawsuit filed by 26 states challenging it was being decided.
To add another setback to the cause of this amnesty plan, according to the Press Enterprise, on July 15, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) stated that approximately 2,100 DACA recipients were mistakenly issued three-year work permits after Judge Andrew S. Hanen halted President Obama’s plans to increase the time periods of permits from two to three years. The recipients of the three-year permits have been notified that their status is being changed to a two-year period of deferred action and employment authorization. Those who were granted three-year work permits after Feb. 16, 2015, must return them by July 31, 2015, to avoid having their DACA and employment statuses terminated. Activist groups are urging them to return the permits by the deadline. There is a lot of misinformation going around, such as social media postings that the deadline to return the permits is July 17, 2015, rather than July 31, 2015. In order to be sure of what is going on, these invalid permit holders should consider seeking the assistance of skilled immigration lawyers, rather than taking chances by relying on hearsay and rumors.
However, there is one particular rumor that appears to be “half true” and is striking fear in the hearts of the illegal immigrants affected. Many believe that Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (“ICE”) officials will pay home visits to retrieve the invalid permits and fear being immediately deported.
ICE officials stated they will not visit homes to retrieve the invalid permits. However, USCIS officials have started visiting addresses of certain individuals who have not yet returned them. The home addresses of illegal immigrants have already been visited by USCIS across Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles. USCIS did not state why they are doing this or what steps will be taken next. Once again, illegal immigrants who are frightened by all these changes are urged to reach out and establish a client relationship with an immigration lawyer who understand their plight and can assist them with their ever-changing legal obstacles. Working with an excellent attorney who specializes in the practice of immigration law is their best option.
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