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DACA & Executive Power in Houston

Information from a Dedicated Houston Lawyer

In 2012, the Obama Administration announced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a powerful program that allows certain young, undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation and even legally work here in the U.S. The program, which has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals continue to build their lives in America, has been generally unpopular with conservative lawmakers. Now, in the 2016 election year, there is real concern that, in the event of a GOP presidency, DACA could become a thing of the past.

If you are within the 120-150 day renewal window, you can as of now apply for DACA renewal due to a federal court case. No initial DACA applications can be filed as of now. At The Modi Law Firm, PLLC, we understand how critical immigration programs like DACA can be for individuals, couples, and entire families who are looking to secure a way out of deportation in the U.S.

Our knowledgeable and compassionate Houston lawyer is ready to assist you and your family with your DACA application and submit it in time for proper consideration. Want to learn more about DACA and your eligibility? Call our offices today to get started.

Understanding DACA Eligibility

Not all undocumented non-citizens are eligible for DACA. The program is meant to benefit those who arrived in the U.S. at a young age, have integrated into our communities, and meet certain other legal criteria.

To be eligible for DACA, you must at least:

  • Have arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16
  • Have no lawful status on June 15, 2012
  • Have continually lived in the U.S. since June 15, 2007
  • Have completed high school, a GED program, military service, or be currently enrolled in school
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor or 3 or more non-significant misdemeanors
  • Have been physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
  • Be physically present in the U.S. at the time of your application
  • Must be over 15 at the time of applying, unless in removal proceedings
  • And must be under 31 as of June 15, 2012

Meeting all these requirements does not guarantee being granted DACA protections. There may be other considerations before applying for DACA, which is why it is best to speak with a reputable Houston lawyer. These criteria may also change in the future. For more information on eligibility and requesting DACA consideration, please call our offices today.

Why Is DACA in Danger?

President Donald Trump has infamously shared some controversial views on immigration issues. He has proposed the construction of a 1,989-mile wall at the Mexican border, a ban on Muslim immigration, and strict vetting of all incoming immigrants. Upon his election to the Oval Office, it seemed likely that Mr. Trump would repeal prior executive orders like DACA.

Republican leaders have resisted DACA, DACA expansions, and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program (or DAPA). In summer 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States could not come to a majority opinion on DAPA and from a 4 to 4 split decision has blocked its implementation due to a lawsuit brought by Texas and other states against the federal government.

These are just some of the reasons why applying for DACA or DACA renewal is so important. If you or your family are ready to apply or are curious about your DACA options, the time to act is now.

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