Immigration Reform Series Wrap-Up
This is the final post in our series discuss issues that undocumented Texas residents should be aware of regarding recent immigration reform laws. Throughout our series, we have extensively discussed the DACA and DAPA programs and sought to answer common questions that our clients have regarding both. We have also sought to explain the latest developments related to immigration opposition, and have provided an explanation of events that have occurred up to this point.
In this series, we have covered the following topics:
- An explanation of DACA
- An explanation of DAPA
- A discussion on if you can apply for DACA if you have also applied for other types of relief
- An explanation of if you can apply for DACA or DAPA with a criminal record
- How the recent Texas injunction affects the future of immigration reform
- How families can continue to prepare in light of the injunction
Throughout this series we have explained that DACA is a program started by the Obama administration meant to provide work permits to those undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Though the program has been in place since 2012, in November of 2014 the president announced both an expansion program, and a new program that would provide deferred action to parent’s of permanent residents and citizens. Opponents of immigration reform filed a federal lawsuit in December and as of this writing an injunction is in place preventing USCIS from accepting applications for either DAPA or persons eligible for DACA under the expansion. We encourage persons who wish to apply for these programs to continue to prepare their documentation and meet with their immigration attorneys in advance if they have any questions.
Our Austin immigration lawyer stays up to date on all new developments and will be following the lawsuit closely. If you have concerns over immigration reform and how it may affect you, contact our office today for a consultation.