President Obama’s Executive Action
DAPA & DACA Attorney – Gainesville Florida
On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced executive actions that would have provided important opportunities for immigrants who are unlawfully present in the United States. He attempted to re-direct the enforcement actions of DHS toward unlawful immigrants who are national security threats or criminals and away from those who have lawful family members in the U.S. His major directives were:
1. Expansion of the DACA program for children who were brought unlawfully into the U.S. before the age of 16 and who are enrolled in school or hold high school degrees. DACA would have been expanded to include applicants now over the age of 31 and those who have been physically present in the U.S. since before January 1, 2010.
2. DAPA program for parents of U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident children. This program would have allowed deferred action and work authorization for unlawful immigrants who on November 20, 2014, had a U.S. citizen or permanent resident child, had been physically present in the U.S. since January 1, 2010, and had not been convicted of a serious crime. This program was scheduled to go into effect on May 1, 2015, but was delayed by a Federal Court case in Texas in which several states with anti-immigration policies challenged the executive order.
Due to the election of Donald Trump, it is highly doubtful that this program will come into being.