Immigration and Firm News

Today, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas temporarily blocked two of President Obama's Executive Action programs, the expanded DACA program (or DACA II), and the DAPA program.  DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, has been in effect since 2012. But the new expanded version of that program due to begin on February 18, 2015 has been halted by the temporary injunction order in Texas v. United States.  The Deferred Action for Parent Accountability (DAPA) program … [Read more...]

USCIS has updated its website with more information on expanded DACA, or as we refer to it, DACA II.  The requirements of DACA II are mentioned in an earlier blog post, Expanded DACA II Starts February 18, 2015.  USCIS has also issued revised FAQs that cover this new program as well as the relevant form(s).   It is particularly important to pay attention to the FAQs dealing with crimes, national security, and threats to public safety, as well as the FAQs toward the end in the "miscellaneous" … [Read more...]

The expanded version of Deferred Acton for Childhood Arrivals (DACA version 2) starts February 18, 2015.  That will be the FIRST day USCIS will begin accepting DACA applications from the new group of individuals who will now qualify.  Let's recap what deferred action is, who is in DACA I and who will be in DACA II. What is DACA and what is it not? Deferred Action is NOT a visa; it is not a green card; it is not US citizenship; it is not amnesty nor legalization.  It is a temporary reprieve … [Read more...]

In one week, the immigration alphabet soup boiled over with news about humanitarian relief: TPS, DACA and a new DAPA program.  (Okay: TPS stands for Temporary Protected Status, and DACA refers to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).  More on these later.  But, among these acronyms, DAPA is the newest program known as Deferred Action for Parental Accountability.  (How do they come up with these names?)  DAPA is a new form of deferred action, i.e., delay or deferment of removal for people who … [Read more...]