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DACA dominates in US immigration law news

Talk of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has flooded recent headlines, leaving many New York residents asking, what is DACA? DACA is a program within US immigration law that allows people who migrated to the United States as children to remain in the country. DACA program individuals must also follow other guidelines.

In addition to migrating before the age of 16, they must have arrived before the year 2007. The person must now be at least 15 years of age, and they must have been younger than 31 when DACA was created in 2012.  Individuals must also have a clean criminal record and pay a bi-annual application fee of $495. The program is a temporary solution resulting from the failure to pass legislation for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.

The fee allows the people to receive deferred deportation, as long as the application is renewed every two years. The DACA recipient is not eligible for many social programs, like Social Security, welfare, financial aid, Obamacare and food stamps. These individuals do pay the same taxes that other Americans pay. 

A change in administrations usually means a change in the way of doing things in this country. One focus of the current administration is US immigration law. The focus naturally leads to more focus on the details of laws that many people, including even cosmopolitan New York residents, are simply unfamiliar with. Individuals who may need guidance or assistance with such issues can choose to consult with an experienced immigration attorney. 

Source: Huffington Post, "A Guide To Read About DACA, Before You Sound Racist Online", Sumaia Masoom, Sept. 6, 2017

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