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Are Republicans Ready to Support Dreamers?

It’s no secret that right now, being an immigrant in our country is very difficult. Since taking office, the Trump administration has already started revamping legal immigration policy, which has caused paperwork to increase dramatically. However, not everyone in Washington is working against immigrants, and some support may be found in unexpected places.

Are Republicans Starting to Support Dreamers?

President Trump has already given Congress notice that on March 6, 2018 he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA, as it’s more widely known, helps undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children get jobs, Social Security numbers and helps them enroll in college. It’s estimated that some 800,000 undocumented immigrants—Dreamers—are enrolled in this program, and these enrollees are also temporarily protected from deportation. That means thousands could face deportation, but Congress is making an attempt to stop this from happening.

Bills like the “Dream Act” have been introduced by Congressional Democrats, but has seemingly been resisted by Republicans. However, House Speaker Paul Ryan has been meeting with his fellow Republicans to hammer out a deal that would be agreeable to both Democrats and the White House. Such a measure would save Dreamers, and they are hoping to roll out this plan with the latest spending budget bill at the end of the year. But there are several issues that each side will have to come to terms on.

The President says he will only sign legislation continuing DACA if it includes measures to increase border security. Some Republicans also wish to include measures that limit immigrant family members that can enter the country, and measures that encourage merit-based immigration policy. Negotiations are expected to be long and hard, but it does represent a hope that lawmakers may work something out before the March deadline.

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Why Are Big Companies Supporting Dreamers?

The Trump administration has made another move that will change the way immigration works moving forward. In September, it was announced that the administration would end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. However, officials haven’t completely shut the door on Dreamers, as Congress was given a six-month deadline to come up with a solution to save some 690,000 DACA recipients from deportation. Now, as law makers try to put together a solution, the business sector is chipping in by supporting Dreamers during this complex process.

Companies Are Supporting Dreamers, But Why?

Over 60 trade organizations and companies are uniting to help Dreamers and push Congress to arrive at a solution that will save these young immigrants from deportation. Among these businesses are: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, General Motors, Google, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Microsoft and many more. They have launched a digital ad campaign asking for bipartisan legislation that secures the futures of Dreamers, and they want that legislation done this year.

DACA protects young undocumented individuals who were brought to this country as children by delaying deportation. It also allows them to get driver’s licenses, secure jobs and enroll in colleges. If these individuals were deported, the companies campaigning for Dreamers estimates that the economy could lose $215 billion from the country’s GDP as well as $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare contributions.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, during a special press event, reaffirmed the important role Dreamers in today’s society. He reaffirmed that these people have only known a life in America and love our country more than most. He believes they deserve an opportunity to be citizens, but some may be having difficulty in these tough political times.

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DACA Expansion and Creation of DAPA- Things to Know

Reforms are expected to be in place for undocumented foreign nationals applying for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), and parents of United States Citizens or Legal Permanent Residences applying for DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents). As with all immigration changes, it’s important to educate yourself and be aware of timelines, requirements for applying, and the potential scams that often happen when such relief measures are announced


DACA is an immigration policy available to certain people who came to the United States before the age of 16 and lived in the United States continuously for a certain period of time. DACA stops removal proceedings against the individual and allows work authorization for those who qualify.

As part of President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Reform announced on November 20, 2014, DACA will expand its eligibility requirements to include more people There will also be a new category created called DAPA.

The proposed changes to DACA were scheduled to take place in February of this year. However due to a federal court order the expansions have not been implemented yet. USCIS expects to begin accepting applications for DAPA in May of 2015.

Obama’s proposals include an increase in the group of people eligible for DACA. Previously DACA included those who entered the United States before the age of 16 and continued to live in the United States since June 15, 2007. Now DACA will include those who entered the United States before age 16 and lived here continuously since January 1, 2010. DACA will also expand the period of work authorization from two years to three years for those who qualify.

DAPA, which is expected to start accepting applications this May, is a new category to protect parents of United States Citizens or Legal Permanent Residence. Those approved for DAPA will be eligible to live in the United States temporary without the risk of deportation. Alike DACA, DAPA applicants may also be considered for work authorization.

While these changes are exciting and will benefit many families it is important to take the appropriate precautions to ensure your application is filed correctly. Those applying for DACA may be in a vulnerable position, in fear of deportation or other consequences. While childhood arrivals that reside in the United States may qualify for DACA, applicants should be careful to ensure they qualify and take steps to file their application correctly. Consulting an attorney is a good idea for those applying for DACA or DAPA status to receive legal advice specific to your individual situation.

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has issued a consumer warning listing 5 things to be aware of in regards to the changes to DACA and DAPA. AILA recommends getting legal advice when applying for DACA or DAPA. DACA and DAPA can be a confusing process and with the new changes in play, this may create additional confusion. An attorney can help you navigate the complicated legal process.

AILA’s warns applicants to take note of 5 things in regards to DACA and DAPA:

  1. DACA expansion and DAPA cannot be applied for yet.
  2. There are additional requirements for DACA and DAPA, not everyone will qualify for these classifications. Solely being a childhood arrival or a parent of a United States Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident is not the only requirement.
  3. Get legal assistance before applying to either DACA or DAPA.
  4. Make sure all the information is true and correct, submitting the wrong information can prevent you from gaining DACA or DAPA.
  5. There are many scams out there, beware of them and avoid them.

Consult the Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal today to discuss the expansion of DACA and the intricacies of applying for DAPA. Ms. Khandelwal is an immigration attorney located in Silicon Valley with over 10 years of experience in the field.

Cited Sources:

Executive Actions on Immigration, March 3, 2015, USCIS

Consumer Alert on DAPA and DACA, February 12, 2015, AILA

Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), March 10, 2015, USCIS

You May be Able to Request DAPA. Want to learn more? January 30, 2015, USCIS

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