- They arrived in the United States before they turned 16,
- Are under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012,
- Have been living in the U.S. since June 15 2007,
- Were in the U.S. on June 15, 2012,
- Didn’t have legal status on June 15, 2012,
- Are in school or graduated from high school or GED, and
- Have not been convicted of certain crimes.
Those convicted of a certain offenses are generally not eligible for DACA. Here, Ms. Garcia-Cisneros was approved for DACA before this incident. She was placed in removal proceedings after being sentenced. Even though she has lived 15 of her 19 years in the U.S., she may be removed (deported) to Mexico. It is unclear whether she is eligible for any other benefit. Leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injuries can be a serious offense. The incident may have been an accident but the conscious decision to leave the scene was not. Immigration may consider it a crime of moral turpitude. An immigration Judge, even a sympathetic one, will have a hard time overlooking that she caused the deaths of two young girls. For her sake, I hope she has someone to petition for her, because otherwise she will likley be removed back to Mexico. Want to learn more about DACA, order our FREE book, “PItfalls of Obama’s Deferred Action for DREAMers.” Do you Qualify for DACA or some other legal status? Go to www.Qualifyforstatus.com or text “Qualify” to 732-481-1082 and answer some quick questions to find out. Of course, you can always speak to our knowledgable staff at 888-695-6169.