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District Court Decides Some TPS Beneficiaries May Finally Become Lawful Permanent Residents

Written by on June 13, 2014 in Courts with 3 Comments
District Court Decides Some TPS Beneficiaries May Finally Become Lawful Permanent Residents

When a massive earthquake leveled much of Haiti, and when civil war broke out in Syria, the U.S. government did not blindly send Haitians and Syrians home to near-certain death. Instead, the government did the humane thing and offered safe haven to nationals of those countries who were here when disaster struck. Though rare, this […]

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The DACA Renewal Process: Everything You Need to Know

The DACA Renewal Process: Everything You Need to Know

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the renewal process for hundreds of thousands of young noncitizens who received a grant of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Renewal of DACA ensures current DACA holders will continue to be safe from deportation for another two year period.  In addition, they will continue to have […]

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New Data Show More Than Half a Million Immigrants Granted DACA

Written by on May 15, 2014 in Deferred Action, USCIS with 2 Comments
New Data Show More Than Half a Million Immigrants Granted DACA

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) statistics on Thursday, revealing that over 550,000 individuals have now been granted DACA. The data, which is current through March 2014, indicate that USCIS has accepted nearly 650,000 requests. Over the past six months, the agency has accepted roughly 500 applications […]

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USCIS Releases Information About DACA Renewal Process

USCIS Releases Information About DACA Renewal Process

Yesterday, USCIS posted an update shedding light on what the renewal process for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will look like. Though the notice is preliminary and subject to change, it offers over half a million DACA recipients vital information about what they should do to prepare for the road ahead. The update […]

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What the DACA Renewal Process Should Look Like

Written by on February 21, 2014 in Administration, USCIS with 1 Comment
What the DACA Renewal Process Should Look Like

According to the latest government statistics, over half a million DREAMers have received two-year deportation reprieves under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The first wave of these DACA recipients carry work authorization cards that are set to expire in the summer and fall. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made […]

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Guidance Released on How to Renew DACA Granted by ICE

Guidance Released on How to Renew DACA Granted by ICE

The subset of individuals who received DACA from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may request renewal of their deferred action 120 days prior to the expiration of their original 2-year period of deferred action, according to a notice published yesterday on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website.  The notice does not apply […]

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Why Is There a Disparity in DACA Application Rates Among Different Nationalities?

Written by on January 16, 2014 in Administration, Deferred Action, President Obama with 0 Comments
Why Is There a Disparity in DACA Application Rates Among Different Nationalities?

A year and a half in, nationals from nearly every country have applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), President Obama’s deportation reprieve program for certain undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children. Despite this diverse participation, nationals of some countries are dramatically underrepresented in the applicant pool. Comparing the latest USCIS DACA […]

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The Punishment Should Fit the Crime for Immigrants, Too

The Punishment Should Fit the Crime for Immigrants, Too

The punishment should fit the crime. That maxim is as old as law itself, dating at least as far back as the Old Testament and Hammurabi’s Code.  It’s firmly rooted in our Constitution’s Due Process Clause and the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against excessive fines and cruel and unusual punishment. That principle—referred to as proportionality—appears in […]

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Understanding DACA’s Education Requirement

Understanding DACA’s Education Requirement

When the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was first announced, it was clear that individuals would have to meet some sort of education requirement in order to obtain the program’s many benefits, including a two-year renewable reprieve from deportation, work authorization, a social security number, and—in nearly every state—the chance to apply for […]

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Are You Really Too Old for DACA?

Are You Really Too Old for DACA?

It is past time to clear up an oft-repeated misconception about President Obama’s deportation deferral program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): it is simply not true that individuals must be under 31 to be eligible for DACA. Any individual born after June 15, 1981 is within—and shall remain within—DACA’s age requirements. Only individuals […]

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