On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration issued a memorandum rescinding the DACA program. This rescission is a “phasing out” of DACA rather than an immediate cancellation.
Most importantly, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will generally not terminate existing periods of DACA or revoke work permits based on currently valid periods of DACA solely based on the new memorandum. Individuals who DHS determines no longer meet the criteria for deferred action may lose their DACA and work permit.
You should meet with an immigration attorney to see if you have other forms of immigration relief available to you. This is particularly important since DACA renewals are no longer a possibility.
It is particularly important for you to meet with an immigration attorney if you have ever been arrested, if you have pending criminal charges, or if you have ever been the subject of an immigration removal or deportation order.
You should know your rights and be prepared to respond if you have contact with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) for any reason. Attorneys at Millar & Hayes PC can provide this type of information as part of a standard consult session.
If you have an approved Advance Parole application based on DACA and have not yet traveled, you should meet with an immigration attorney to discuss the risks and benefits of travel.
Schedule a consultation with our firm to learn more about your options. One of our Seattle immigration attorneys will be happy to assist.