Executive Orders: DAPA

Information from a Trusted Wichita Immigration Lawyer

In November 2014, President Obama announced new executive orders that would provide sweeping changes to the nation's immigration policies. In an effort to end the deportation of families and give certain non-citizens the chance to remain in the U.S., the White House revealed Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). That initiative has been stalled due to legal action by 26 state governments, but the court case is expected to be resolved in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in learning about your eligibility for the DAPA program and how it could affect you and your family, speak with a knowledgeable Wichita immigration law attorney today. At Gregory S.J. Beuke Ltd., Attorney Beuke helps individuals and families secure swift and reliable immigration law solutions and allows them to continue to build their lives here in the U.S.

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Legal Delays

Shortly after it was announced, DAPA (and significant changes to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative, or DACA) was challenged in a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas and co-signed by 25 other states. In United States v. Texas, Texas and its supporting states have claimed that enacting DAPA and DACA will put undue financial burden on state governments. The states also assert that President Obama has overstepped his authority and mandated policies that should have been first approved by Congress.

Early in 2016, a three-judge panel found some legitimacy to the states’ concerns and the White House requested an immediate review from the Supreme Court of the United States. The SCOTUS justices have heard arguments from both sides and are currently deliberating on the matter. A decision is expected by mid-summer 2016—possibly as early as June. While many are expecting the court to side with the White House, it is still unclear whether DAPA will be enacted.

Qualifying for DAPA

DAPA was established on the understanding that many undocumented, non-citizens have truly started lives in the U.S. and have children who were born here. DAPA allows these parents to come forward, despite their unlawful status, avoid deportation and even receive a work permit, a social security card, and a driver’s license if all other requirements are met.

You may be eligible for DAPA if:

  • You have lived in the U.S. continuously since January 1, 2010
  • You were physically present in U.S. on November 20, 2014
  • You were physically present at the time of your DAPA request
  • You had no lawful status on November 20, 2014
  • You have not been convicted of a felony or numerous misdemeanors (or a “serious misdemeanor” as described by the administration)
  • You had a child with U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status on November 20, 2014

With its likely passing, DAPA will provide generous parameters for parents looking to remain in the U.S. If you believe you qualify for DAPA, then the time to start exploring your options is now. Contact Gregory S.J. Beuke Ltd. to receive knowledgeable, compassionate counsel ready to help you meet your immigration goals.

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