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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and your rights

Under the current administration, many immigrants are living with certain fears that they could be detained, interrogated or even deported because of their current status. If you are a child of an immigrant and came to the United States as a young child, you may also have these fears and live with concerns about your future. 

There are certain options available to the children of Texas immigrants through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Passed under the Obama administration, this act may grant you the right to defer any removal proceedings and may provide you with certain protections. When facing any type of immigration law concerns, you would be wise to seek appropriate legal help. 

What is DACA, and what does it mean for me?

The intent of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act is to provide certain young individuals with the ability to delay removal proceedings for a period of two years. This time period is renewable, but not every young person with immigration status concerns is eligible for protection under this act. In order to qualify for DACA, an applicant must meet at least some of the following requirements:

  • The applicant must be at least 15 years old.
  • The applicant was present in the United States on June 15, 2012.
  • The applicant must be present in person when applying for DACA.
  • The applicant did not have legal status on June 15, 2012.
  • The applicant is currently in school, recently graduated or has a certificate of completion of high school.
  • The applicant is a member of the Armed Forces or has an honorable discharge.
  • The applicant does not have a felony, significant misdemeanor or three or more minor misdemeanors on his or her criminal record.
  • The applicant does not pose a threat to national security.

If you are eligible for DACA or are unsure if you may be eligible for this protection, you would be wise to take quick action to better understand your rights and move to protect them.

Experience matters when much is at stake

If you grew up in the United States and have spent much of your life here, you understandably believe that you are at home here. You have the right to fight to stay, including applying for DACA if you are eligible. Discovering your legal options is the first step in this effort, which you can do by first seeking the counsel and guidance of an attorney with extensive experience navigating the complexities of immigration law.

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