The Obama administration's DAPA program for certain parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and Expanded DACA, which would give protection to more individuals who were brought to the U.S. as children, remain suspended after a decision today from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
It is expected that the administration will continue the fight for the programs, which would protect millions of undocumented people in the U.S., in the Supreme Court. For the moment, however, nobody can apply for benefits under the new programs.
Some important things to remember:
Don't be the victim of fraud: Scams exist that consist of making false promises that they can help you "jump" the line to gain an immigration benefit, which are taking advantage of the ongoing suspension of the new programs, and they can cause both financial harm and immigration programs. When you look into your immigration options, always consult with an attorney who is an AILA member or a BIA Accredited Representative.
Existing programs may benefit your family: The original DACA, which gives protection to individuals who came to the U.S. before June 15, 2007, before the age of 16, and who meet certain other requirements, was not affected by the lawsuit and continues to protect thousands of Oregon immigrants. In addition, humanitarian programs remain in affect which protect the victims of certain crimes, including domestic violence and human trafficking. To find out whether an existing program could benefit your family, request a consultation with ICS today.