Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an immigration option for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before the age of 16. Although DACA does not provide a pathway to lawful permanent residence, it does provide temporary protection from deportation, work authorization, and the ability to apply for a social security number. But President-Elect Trump has promised to end DACA when he takes office. Whether he keeps that promise or not, Trump will not be President until he is inaugurated on January 20, 2017. Until that time, DACA will remain in place and USCIS, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, will continue to process both initial and renewal DACA requests.
It should also be noted that if Jeff Sessions is nominated and confirmed as Attorney General, he will likely push ending DACA and any immigration reform.
But our Congressman Ami Bera, (whose re-election was just recently confirmed), offers support for those in need.
One of the staff at Dr. Bera’s office contacted us with more information. They are advising people with DACA status to contact an immigration attorney through the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). They noted that each case is approached individually, depending on each person’s needs, and that this group is the most trustworthy resource for up to date information. There is a link under their quick links to find a lawyer in each area and there are a number of attorneys in Sacramento.
The staff suggested contacting several and asking enough questions to sort out who would be the best fit for you. Right now the US Congress and State Legislators are also trying to sort out how to work various issues out.
Lawyers can be expensive, and larger firms are usually more costly than smaller or individual firms, so be sure to ask what the costs are for a consultation, for hours of work, etc.
Also, if you’d like to talk to someone in Congressman Bera’s office you can call 916 635-0505 and ask for Jeanine.