DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)
On June 15, 2012 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made what is perhaps the biggest immigration announcement since the 1986 immigration reform by offering what is called “deferred action” to DREAMers. The Hurtado Immigration Law Firm embraces this bold action that provides relief for the thousands of undocumented youth who call America home and who, through no fault of their own, have been stuck in immigration limbo for years. Although there remain some unanswered questions about the policy the Dream Act reform is a large step forward for so many that were brought here as children. If you are one of these young immigrants, we at the Hurtado Immigration Law Firm know that this policy change represents the opportunity for you to come out of the shadows and fully embrace the only country you know and actively contribute to our society and economy.
I am a DREAMer. Do I qualify for deferred action?
The basic eligibility requirements are the following:
- Be under 30 years old and have entered the U.S. before age 16
- Have been present in the U.S. for 5 years as of June 15, 2012
- Have maintained continuous residence in the U.S.
- Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or multiple minor misdemeanors
- Be currently in school, graduated, have a GED, or be an honorably discharged veteran