As of June 31, 2020, there are more than 81,000 DACA applicants that are yet to be processed. With so many changes surrounding the program in recent months, our South Carolina immigration team outlines what you need to know below.
What is DACA?
DACA is an acronym that stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It is a program that protects those who unlawfully entered the U.S. when they were children. While it does allow them to apply for things like driver’s licenses, social security numbers, and work permits, it does not give them official legal status or an easier path to citizenship.
Here are the requirements to be considered eligible for DACA:
- You entered the U.S. unlawfully before your 16th birthday
- You have lived continuously in the United States since June 15, 2007
- You were younger than 31 on June 15, 2012
- You did not have lawful status on June 15, 2012
- You were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of your applying for DACA
- You have completed high school or hold a GED, have been honorably discharged from the armed forces, or are enrolled in school
- You have not been convicted of a felony or a serious misdemeanor
The Texas Ruling
On July 16, 2021, a Texas judge ruled to partially end the DACA program by preventing the Government from processing new DACA applications. Fortunately, the Biden administration appealed the Texas judge’s decision and now we all must wait for the Fifth Court of Appeals to make a decision. Our desire is that the Court will completely overturn the decision made by the Texas District Court judge and allow review of new DACA applications.
A Path to Citizenship
The Biden administration is also looking to create a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, which they currently do not have. This can only be achieved if the Government passes an immigration reform through a budget reconciliation process. If this is successful, it can make close to 10 million people eligible to pursue citizenship.
Due to the fact that DACA recipients are completely dependent on the program’s benefits in order to live their lives, creating a path to citizenship for them can help relieve a massive burden and take away any possible threat of deportation.
Get in Touch With Our Immigration Team Today
For the time being, we remain optimistic that the Court will rule favorably for our DACA clients while also continuing to evaluate DACA applications. The experienced team at Colón Law Firm can help advocate for your rights and guide you through the process to ensure that nothing will undermine your success.
If you or a loved one needs assistance in renewing their DACA status, find out more about how we can help you by contacting us today through our website or give us a call at (864) 697-2870 to schedule a consultation!