Despite the recent ruling the Supreme Court made in June that rejected the Trump administration’s request to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Texas Tribune says that the administration announced at the end of July that it won’t accept new applications. Although the Supreme Court ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “did not follow proper procedure when it ended the program in 2017” nor did the administration provide ample evidence to support its reasoning for wanting to end the program, DHS acting Secretary Chad Wolfe said he was instructing his staff to “take all appropriate actions to reject all pending and future initial requests for DACA.”
Wolfe also allegedly informed staff to “exercise its authority to terminate or deny deferred action at any time when immigration officials determine termination or denial of deferred action is appropriate.”
The Texas Tribune says that as of December, there were an estimated 107,000 Texans with DACA permits. While the Trump administration has expressed that it intends on gathering the proper evidence that would put an end to the DACA program, immigration lawyers in various states have already begun helping those who qualify for the program submit their applications despite the recent statement the Trump administration’s issued.
Now, if you are looking to apply for DACA, it’s time you speak with a Texas immigration lawyer to find out how to properly do this. It is worth noting that if you are considering applying, you must meet these eligibility requirements:
- You were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
- You arrived in the U.S. before reaching your 16th birthday.
- You have “continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time.”
- You were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and when you submitted your request to be considered for the DACA program.
- You had no lawful status on June 15, 2012.
- You are “currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States.”
- You have “not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.”
If you have any DACA-related questions or need help getting your application submitted, feel free to contact the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen to speak with a Texas immigration attorney who would be happy to help you.
You can reach the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen at:
310 South St. Mary’s Street, Suite 2100
San Antonio, Texas 78205