As expected, today the US government announced that it was ending the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program.
DACA allowed undocumented young people who
to apply for temporary permission to stay in the US, and to get a work permit. Almost 800,000 people have received DAD and the vast majority are working and/or enrolled in higher education. Most of the children arrived before the age of 6, and feel more American that anything else.
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will phase out DACA over the next six months. In a nutshell:
There will be a lot more information emerging about this in the next few days and weeks, so stay tuned for updates. For any questions about DACA or other immigration options, please contact Elaine Martin..
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Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.