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DACA cancelled

DACA update – September 5, 2017

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/09/05/trump-administration-announces-end-of-immigration-protection-program-for-dreamers

Today President Trump cancelled DACA [Deferred Actions on Childhood Arrivals], the program instituted by President Obama in 2012 allowing illegal immigrants who were brought into the US as children to receive deferred action from deportation, go to school, get work permits [as long as they met the strict guidelines of the program].

The immigrant community has been thrown into a panic with this latest announcement.

What we know for now:

  1. New applications and renewals received by today September 5, 2017 will be reviewed on a case by case basis
  2. There are currently no plans to share personal information of DACA holders [including their home addresses] with Immigration Enforcement officers, unless there is an immediate concern over national security.
  3. No new applications for DACA will be accepted after September 5, 2017.
  4. Current DACA holders with valid work authorization documents will be permitted to work until their work permits expire.
  5. If you are a DACA holder whose work permit will expire by March 5, 2018 [six months from today], you must apply for renewal by October 5, 2017.

The Trump administration has called for Congress to provide a legislative solution to address the immigration status of DACA holders. In the coming months, we are watching to see what action, if any, our US Congress will take to resolve this dilemma of the dreamers whose hopes and dreams have been truncated by this action. Only time will tell.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/09/05/trump-administration-announces-end-of-immigration-protection-program-for-dreamers/

Today President Trump cancelled DACA [Deferred Actions on Childhood Arrivals], the program instituted by President Obama in 2012 allowing illegal immigrants who were brought into the US as children to receive deferred action from deportation, go to school, get work permits [as long as they met the strict guidelines of the program]. DACA holders are popularly referred to as ‘Dreamers’ based on the DREAM Act, the law that created DACA.

The immigrant community has been thrown into a panic with this latest announcement.

What we know for now:

  1. New applications and renewals received by today September 5, 2017 will be reviewed on a case by case basis
  2. There are currently no plans to share personal information of DACA holders [including their home addresses] with Immigration Enforcement officers, unless there is an immediate concern over national security.
  3. No new applications for DACA will be accepted after September 5, 2017.
  4. Current DACA holders with valid work authorization documents will be permitted to work until their work permits expire.
  5. If you are a DACA holder whose work permit will expire by March 5, 2018 [six months from today], you must apply for renewal by October 5, 2017.

The Trump administration has called for Congress to provide a legislative solution to address the immigration status of DACA holders. In the coming months, we are watching to see what action, if any, our US Congress will take to resolve this dilemma of the dreamers whose hopes and dreams have been truncated by this action. Only time will tell.

 

Immigration Update 02/23/17

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/dhs-releases-expansive-new-deportation-policies-article-1.2978291

Immigration Update: On Tuesday 2/21/17, the Department of Homeland Security released new guidelines that could result in the greatest numbers of deportations this country has seen in the last few decades. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly signed the memos, which call for undocumented immigrants to be deported if they have
1. been CHARGED with a criminal offense [even though they have not been convicted
2. been CONVICTED of a criminal offense
3. ABUSED any program relating to receiving PUBLIC BENEFITS
4. engaged in FRAUD or WILFUL MISREPRESENTATION in any official matter before a government agency.

What does this mean in plain English? It means undocumented immigrants could potentially be deported for committing minor traffic offences, receiving government assistance or using fake Social Security numbers to work. Immigration officials now have broad powers to deport anyone whom they believe poses a risk to public safety or national security.

Immigration sweeps and raids have been taking place in major US cities across the country. In the months and weeks to come, we will see a lot more unfold on the immigration landscape.

We are living in uncertain times. If you or your loved ones have any immigration questions – you need to talk to an Immigration Attorney who can guide you to make the right decisions. For honest case assessments and ethical, excellent legal representation; call Attorney Paul of the Paul Law Firm for your Immigration needs today. Call us on 713-858-7445 or email – uchenna@upaullaw.com

IMMIGRATION UPDATE: USCIS INCREASES IMMIGRATION FEES

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Immigration Update: The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced a general price increase in Immigration fees for most Immigration Applications and Petitions. The fees for most applications and petitions will increased by a weighted average of up to 21% [some less, some more]. The new fee structure will take effect on December 23, 2016. This is the first time fees have been increased since November 2010. The new fees for some of the more frequently used petitions are listed below:

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