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Let’s start with what is DACA or DAPA?
There are actually three programs, but only the first can you apply for today.
- DACA 2012, announced June 15, 2012 and implemented August 15, 2012
- DACA 2014, announced November 20, 2014 and waiting to be implemented
- DAPA 2014, announced November 20, 2014 and waiting to be implemented
Both DACA 2012 and 2014 are focused on younger immigrants who came to the U.S. before they were 16, have been living in the U.S. for five years (they start at different times), have graduated high school or are in school (either English as a Second Language or GED program). There are differences between the two programs, but those are the highlights. The third program, DAPA 2014, is an expansion of Deferred action by creating a new category, for parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent resident holders. The majority of the five million undocumented immigrants potentially affected by President Obama’s November 20, 2014 would fall into this category.
What do you get from DACA or DAPA?
You get the same protections for either three programs
- Protected from deportation (unless you are subsequently convicted of a disqualifying crime);
- Work authorization;
- Ability to apply for a social security number;
- Ability to apply for an in-state driver’s license; and
- Ability to apply for permission to travel.
What is stopped by the February 16, 2015 decision?
You can still apply for DACA 2012 today.
A Federal District Court Judge in Texas on February 16, 2015 granted an injunction stopping the implementation of DACA and DAPA 2014. I discuss the case itself in “Explanation of Texas case vs Deferred Action” and I discuss the preliminary injunction in “What does Judge’s Preliminary Injunction mean for DACA/DAPA?” In the meantime, the U.S. Government has appealed that decision and at some point we will find out how temporary the temporary injunction really is. But what happens if the government loses?
What happens if DACA or DAPA 2014 is never implemented?
Or when it is implemented there’s a new president?
You will lose some money. That’s right; you will lose some of the investment that you made for a chance at a better tomorrow. If you hire Andres Mejer Law to start this process, you will lose half of your investment. We will meet with you and review your case. At the conclusion, we will advise how much we charge for our services. In the event this program doesn’t become law, we will refund 50% of your legal fee. That means we will charge you 50% of our fee to review your case, collect your documents, and review your background to make sure you aren’t disqualified.
Don’t wait to get started contact Andres Mejer Law today
You shouldn’t wait to get started, and here is what we can do for you:
- Review your circumstances to see if you qualify for a more permanent solution (too many people qualify for something better and don’t know it);
- Advise you if you qualify for DACA or DAPA programs;
- Help you prepare the documents necessary to prove every element of the program;
- Make sure you are not disqualified from the program by reviewing your criminal and driver’s history; and
- Make sure that you aren’t an enforcement priority in case you are denied.
There are nine principle ways to achieve legal status; Deferred Action is only one of them. It’s the one you hear about in the news but guess what, it’s only temporary. There are better ways out there.
At the moment we don’t know when we will be able to file for DACA or DAPA 2014, but, we know the necessary steps to prepare. It takes time to pull your criminal background, to get your driver’s abstract, and to get all the proofs that you need. If you have to reopen a criminal or traffic matter, like a DUI, because you’re disqualified, that takes months. If there’s a mistake in your criminal background, if there’s a charge that doesn’t belong to you and it happens, it takes time to correct.
The most you will lose is half of your legal fee. But you will be in a great position to file for something in the future. Not to mention, you may learn that you qualify for something better than DACA or DAPA. If you find yourself in trouble with immigration or with the police in the future, we have your documents, and can thus, help get you out of detention.
So don’t wait, get started today.
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