Anyone paying attention to national politics over the past four years would understand the danger that DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) has been under. President Donald Trump’s administration was trying to amend and minimize the potency of this law throughout his time in office. The good news is that Joe Biden seems to be much more favorable to DACA.
What is DACA?
DACA is an immigration law that protects certain people from being deported and removed from the country. The general rule is that someone in the United States without authorization can be deported. DACA, however, makes an exception for people who were brought to the United States when they were still children. In cases where DACA applies, those who would otherwise be deported are allowed to stay in the country and enjoy many of the rights of citizens. People seeking DACA protection are often called “Dreamers” from the name of related legislation called “The DREAM Act.”
What were the dangers to DACA?
President Donald Trump made every effort to end DACA or at least minimize its reach and scope. Litigation and further clarification were ongoing when Trump stepped down to make way for the newly elevated Joseph Biden.
The good news
With the inauguration of Joe Biden, one of his first acts was a memorandum, “Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).” In this memorandum, he promised to preserve and strengthen the laws that would help those qualified to stay in this country and not be deported.
What does this mean for you?
If you qualify for DACA and you have been waiting to petition for deferred action, it looks like now is a good time to start the process. An experienced immigration lawyer can help you understand the steps involved and how to navigate the system safely.