Dreamer Deported to Albania
January 24, 2019
A 21-year-old New Jersey high school graduate, who has been in the United States since he was three, was deported last month. His parents were sent back to Albania earlier this year. Although he had been shielded from deportation under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), he was accused of interfering with his father’s deportation and lost his protected status. As a result, he spent several months in detention at the Essex County Jail while he fought his immigration case. The above situation has left many wondering whether DACA is holding up their end of the bargain.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
DACA protects Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to this country when they were children, from deportation. However, only some Dreamers are protected. To qualify for this program, applicants must:
- Be at least 15 years old
- Prove that they arrived in the country before age 16
- Lived in the United States since June 15, 2007
- Be under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012
- Currently attend school or be a high school graduate
- Have no criminal convictions
- Pose no threats to national security
Many Dreamers were either too young or too old to qualify at the inception of the DACA program, but once accepted into the program, beneficiaries received a renewable two-year work visa with any deportation order deferred. However, Dreamers were not offered a permanent visa or legal immigration status.
The Dreamer Risk of Deportation
Since 2012, DACA is estimated to have protected almost 800,000 immigrants from deportation and currently protects almost 700,000 people. In September 2017, the United States Department of Homeland Security chose to end the program. Those with permits that expired before March 5, 2018 were given another opportunity for a two-year renewal but had to apply within the next month. An estimate of 500,000 immigrants were expected to have permits expiring after March 5 and would soon be facing deportation.
Although the phase out of this program was eventually put on hold, and litigation continues to determine if it is constitutional, thousands of immigrants lost their status each day before the decision was made to continue the DACA program.
The following are important facts regarding the current status of the DACA:
- The US Citizenship and Immigration Services are not taking new applications but are processing renewals
- DACA recipients in good standing are entitled to deferred deportation
- DACA status can be revoked due to convictions, arrests, or gang affiliation
- Revoked DACA status often results in deportation
Philadelphia Deportation Lawyers at the Law Offices of MC Law Group, LLC Advocate for Immigrants Facing Deportation
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