Immigrants living in Colorado might be interested to know the Trump administration has in the first three months of 2018 reportedly approved more than 55,000 renewal applications for current and previous enrollees in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. According to documents filed in court by government officials, the program received roughly 65,000 renewal applications during the same period.
In September 2017, President Trump announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would cease to exist on March 5, 2018. The program provides protection for those living in Colorado and other states who were brought to the country when they were young. However, those who are part of the program may still be protected from deportation and allowed to work in the country for the foreseeable future.
Protections offered as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program were scheduled to be phased out starting in March. This could have implications for 700,000 young adults living in Colorado and elsewhere who are covered by DACA. However, on Feb. 26, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of an injunction issued on Jan. 9 by a federal judge in San Francisco.
Colorado residents have likely heard that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is in flux. Those who are part of the program and are looking for a way to stay in the United States may have considered marrying a United States citizen. While this may make it easier to get a green card and stay in the country as a permanent resident, it may not help everyone.
Colorado residents are likely aware that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will expire if not extended by Congress. Although action to pass the DREAM Act has failed in the past, lawmakers from both parties are now working on a way to resolve the situation. It is thought that the need to pass government funding by Jan. 19 may create leverage to get some sort of a deal done.
When President Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, many people felt a wave of relief wash over them. DACA has allowed roughly 742,000 people who were brought to the U.S. as minors to seek higher education, obtain meaningful work that pays a fair wage, and stop worrying about being imminently deported from the country they call home.
If you or a family member could benefit from the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or President Obama's pending new program, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), it is a good time to start preparing. While the programs have been on hold since late 2014, they could go into effect later this year and may hinge on the Supreme Court's decision on Texas v. United States in June.