PRESS RELEASE UPDATED: DEC 15, 2020
LOS ANGELES, December 15, 2020 (Newswire.com) – After a Federal Judge ordered the Trump Administration to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), The DHS subsequently posted on its website that it is accepting first-time requests for DACA consideration, advanced parole requests, as well as renewal requests. Dmitry Paniotto, an immigration lawyer in Los Angeles, advises those who are eligible to apply.
The program provides protection from deportation for undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children.
According to NPR, DACA currently protects about 640,000 undocumented immigrants. There are an estimated 300,000 additional people who are eligible to apply.
The DACA program began accepting applications in Summer 2012, by way of an executive branch memorandum from then-President Barack Obama. Since then, Paniotto has assisted numerous individuals in successfully applying for the program. In 2017, the Trump administration took actions to roll back the program and halt new applications, thus putting the fate of the program in question.
Just weeks ago, a U.S. District Court Judge in Brooklyn ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reinstate the program to how it was before the Trump Administration began to end the program in September 2017. Officials in the department are ordered to resume issuing two-year permits for qualifying applicants.
“DACA allows those young undocumented immigrants who have good moral character, arrived prior to 2007 and graduated from high school to apply for temporary relief from deportation that includes a work permit. Applicants who have any criminal record should consult with us to check their eligibility – we have a criminal defense attorney available to ‘clean’ their record if necessary,” Paniotto said.
According to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), over half of the people who have participated in the program reside in California and Texas.
For more information on the legal implications regarding DACA, or to make a media inquiry, contact Paniotto Law 3550 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1770, Los Angeles, CA 90010. (855) 743-0505.
Source: Paniotto Law