What do Republicans really think about DACA and DAPAUPDATE: This article has been updated. Trump has gone back and forth on his stance regarding immigration many times, but one thing is for certain is administration is expected to be the most anti-immigrant of all in modern history. According to numerous statements during his campaign and his administration’s 100-day plan, he intends to terminate the DACA program instituted by Obama in 2012. If he follows through on this threat, what will this mean for DACA recipients? Statistics have shown that more than 740,000 people have been approved for DACA. Now, not only is there a fear that the program will be terminated, but also that Trump might use the information people used to apply for DACA to identify and deport undocumented immigrants. Regarding work authorizations issued under DACA, it is still unclear what the Trump administration will do, although work permits should be good until the expiration dates on the cards.

What should you do?

However, until the president is sworn into office in January of 2017, no one’s DACA status will change until then. If you do not already have DACA status, it may be best not to apply and have your information on file. If you are already a DACA recipient and your DACA status has run out, or will run out within 150 days of your expiration date, you may want to renew your DACA and work permit as soon as possible so that it is not processed under Trump’s administration. The steps you take, however, largely depend on what Trump will do next. You should talk to a lawyer about your status as soon as possible. Your attorney will be looking for solutions to this problem, as well as inform you of important updates to the law. Original article below.

What would happen to DACA under President Donald Trump?

Are you afraid to apply for DACA or prepare for DAPA because of Donald Trump? During the course of the campaign so far we have heard a lot of talk regarding President Obama’s executive actions regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). Most of the conversation from the republican candidates has been very negative, and has been centralized around the idea of discontinuing them. Are you worried that if you apply and a Republican becomes President immigration will then deport you? You would then be separated from your family, when the whole reason you came out of the shadows and applied for the program was to protect your family.I understand your fear. If you are an immigrant, Donald Trump as president is a nightmare. At the end of this article I will discuss our Safe & Secure Process that you can use to protect your family today. In the meantime, what would a Republican president do to the executive actions?

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What does Marco Rubio say about Deferred Action?

It would be very easy for a new president to come into office and simply give an executive order getting rid of these other executive orders, but it may not be such a good idea to do so. One of the candidates who is making a big name for himself right now, Marco Rubio, stated in a interview that he thinks the program would need to end eventually, but that he doesn’t’ think it should end right away. He went on to say the DACA cannot be the permanent policy of the United States,” but that he hopes it is ended through a comprehensive immigration reform bill, and not simply ended outright. That means he would seek to replace executive action with a law passed by Congress. In other words, replacing the temporary DACA or DAPA with a permanent solution. On principal this sounds promising.

Who else agrees with Marco Rubio’s approach?

Along with Rubio, Sen. Lindsey Graham was apart of the Gang of Eight senators who voted in favor of comprehensive immigration reform in 2013. That bill was never taken up by the House of Republicans, and thus, never became a law. However, Sen. Graham would also be in favor of a permanent resolution. So would Gov. Jeb Bush and Gov. John Kasich. Gov. Pataki likely would as well, however, he hasn’t directly discussed the issue so far. In general principal these six contenders for the Republican nominee would be in support of a permanent solution to the undocumented immigrants that didn’t entail deporting them all. We don’t know what exactly they would do since most of them haven’t provided detailed policy proposals on the subject. The biggest difference is whether they agree to a separate path to citizenship or a path to legal status?

What’s the difference between a path to citizenship or a path to legal status?

A path to citizenship usually means adding a path to a green card followed by an opportunity to file for citizenship. For example, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform proposed applying for status as a Registered Provisional Immigrant, then a green card, and then citizenship if you meet each of the requirements for each step. Whereas, a path to legal status would stop at Registered Provisional Immigrant. Now, a path to legal status doesn’t necessarily mean you can never become a green card holder or a citizen. It just means that you must use an existing path to get it, not something that a new law would create.

What would Donald Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz do?

A number of candidates are open to some kind of immigration reform, but not all. Donald Trump has been very outspoken against anyone who says that they would not immediately strike down these executive actions, and as a result very few candidates have said anything to that effect. Sen. Ted Cruz has also taken a strong anti-immigrant position, despite being the son of a Cuban immigrant. Lately, he and Send Rubio have exchanged barbs about how is the true conservative on immigration. Sen. Cruz, like Trump, has taken extreme positions. They are in favor of deportations. They solely want to focus on enforcing immigration laws, and are not seemingly interested in reform our broken system. Senator Rubio makes a valid point however, and it is something that I wish the rest of the Republican Party would adopt. You cannot simply end a policy without coming up with a policy to replace it, as that would lead to a hole in our policy. It is important that members of the Republican Party understand that it isn’t enough to say they are against something. They should also say what they are for. It isn’t enough to say we have a problem. They need to show leadership by explaining how they intend to solve the problem.

So what can you do today?

You need to be prepared in case a Democrat or Immigrant friendly Republican wins the White House. But, you also need to be ready in case an anti-immigrant Republican wins. The only thing that can help you is our Safe & Secure Process. You just need to follow these three simple steps.

  1. Make an appointment with Andres Mejer Law either by calling 888-695-6169, filling out the form on this page, or selecting the live chat;
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  3. Follow our instructions to protect your family today.

We can give you peace of mind. We can’t predict the future, but we can give you the tools you need to protect your family for either outcome. At Andres Mejer Law we protect immigrants, one Safe & Secure Process at a time.