In June 2012 the Obama administration created a policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, simply known as DACA. The purpose of DACA was to allow certain individuals who entered the United States as minors to be eligible for work permits and receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation. As of 2017, approximately 800,000 people in the United States were enrolled in DACA. DACA significantly decreased the number of immigrant households living in poverty, and was an overall benefit for the U.S. economy. Most of those who registered for DACA (called Dreamers) are in their twenties, and research shows that roughly 80% of the registrants were 10 years old or younger when they entered the United States.
On September 5, 2017 Attorney General Jeff Sessions followed through on President Trump’s campaign promise by announcing the rescission of DACA. Attorney General Sessions erroneously stated that DACA was the cause of a surge of unaccompanied minors pouring into the United States, and doubled down by saying that DACA was a hindrance on the American economy that negatively impacted the employment and wages of American citizens. Despite Attorney General Sessions’ audacious claims, fact-checkers have noted that there is no compelling evidence whatsoever to show that DACA has had a negative impact on the American workforce, and most notably, most economists believe that Immigration benefits the economy.
The administration has announced that the DACA program will be “phased out” in the next six months. The renewable two-year program will no longer be available for DACA recipients, and a memorandum from the White House stated that DACA recipients should use the time remaining on their work authorization to prepare for an arrange their departure from the United States.
At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. we stand with the Dreamers who help make this country a better place. Most DACA recipients had no say in whether they came to the United States, and now, the United States is the only country they know. The Government asked these people to divulge personal information to be eligible for DACA, now, the current administration plans to use that information against the recipients in deportation proceedings.
Nobody is entirely certain how the rescission of DACA will proceed. We know that DACA is being rescinded, and around 800,000 people will be eligible for deportation in six months. At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. we are exploring every avenue to obtain as much information as possible for the future of the Dreamers. If you or a loved one is a DACA recipient, and have questions regarding your future in the United States, please feel free to call our Philadelphia 215-543-7220 office to speak with our Immigration Department. We offer a free consultation, and would be happy to discuss the specifics of your situation.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.