Basics of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced the issuance of President Obama’s Executive Order that allowed consideration for deferred action of childhood arrivals (DACA) who meet certain eligibility requirements as outlined below. This is a determination to defer removal action of a person as an act of prosecutorial discretion. A person who has received deferred action will stop accruing unlawful presence during the time the deferred action is in effect. Upon approval, childhood arrivals receive deferred action status for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and may be eligible for employment authorization. Deferred action does not erase previous or subsequent periods of unlawful presence. Due to the fact that this is a discretionary determination, the Department of Homeland Security can terminate at any time. Read More>>

Submitted by Diana Villella Larson, Managing Attorney of the Spanish Legal Services Program

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