DACA’s Temporary Reprieve

The recent decision by the United States Supreme Court to decline to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that continues the DACA program, provided temporary relief for DACA recipients but no long-term solution. The Court action essentially allows the program to continue as it works its way through the federal system, a path that will likely take many months. Ultimately, however, the Administration will likely prevail and DACA will come to an end.

DACA recipients need to prepare for that likelihood as a Congressional fix remains a very remote possibility. President Trump has stood firm on his position that any DACA fix will require changes in procedures that make it easier to deport the remaining 9 million undocumented immigrants. How many DREAMERS will accept permanent residency on condition that the law makes it easier to deport the rest of their family members?

Common sense dictates the following: (1) Less than half of the DACA eligible individuals have applied. Those that are eligible should apply immediately. (2) Those currently with DACA should try to obtain Advance Parle to travel abroad and return legally (3) Everyone should speak with an immigration lawyer to review other options, such as sponsorship through an employer or family member or a possible asylum application.