The DACA program also know as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is an American immigration policy founded by the Obama administration in June 2012. This allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors, to receive a renewable 2 year period of deferred action from deportation. These individuals would also be eligible for a work permit. Due to President Barack Obama, over 750,000 undocumented immigrants have received temporary protection because of this program. Now that Donald Trump is the president, it has many people wondering whether it is safe or not for them to apply. Here is what you should know in regards to the DACA Program in 2017.
There have been many rumors that Donald Trump wants to end the DACA Program. According to The Atlantic, he has backed away from his campaign pledges to immediately terminate this program. Although he has said this, it does not mean that individuals are not as risk of deportation.
In February, as a way to show new immigration enforcement efforts, the Department of Homeland Security released memos increasing the number of undocumented immigrants that were prioritized for deportation. These were not regular law following individuals though. These were directed towards individuals who were convicted of crimes or were charged with a crime but not convicted.
According to President Trump, he has stated that the DACA recipients should "rest easy". He says according to his immigration policies and plans, he will "deal with DACA with heart."
This is very different from the statements that he had made at the start of his campaign. This is why DACA recipients should not feel that they have no reason to worry. Everyone who enters this country illegally is subject to deportation. DACA recipients can actually get their status revoked. This could lead to possible deportation.
According to The Atlantic, " U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services requires members to apply for advance parole in order to travel outside of the country, and only allows them to do so if travel fits certain criteria, including humanitarian, educational, or employment purposes." If you do not get this advanced permission, then you are basically abandoning your DACA status.
Deportation relief does not make you legal. The individuals who are a part of the DACA program are not priorities for deportation to begin with. These individuals are usually younger and have no criminal record. These are not the individuals that ICE agents will waste their time on. ICE has finite resources to begin with.
Although this is the case, according to The Atlantic, "in February, U.S. immigration officials arrested Daniel Ramirez Medina, a DACA recipient. ICE said Ramirez was detained "based on his admitted gang affiliation and risk to public safety." His lawyers dispute that. "Mr. Ramirez unequivocally denies being in a gang."
Even if Trump has not eliminated the program, there have been more and more DACA recipients who have been arrested. This shows that even DACA recipients are not spared of deportation. It is important to keep yourself aware.
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Source: The Atlantic