Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): A Way For Child Immigrants With Unlawful Presence to Obtain Work Authorization and a 2-Year Deferred Action from Removal Proceedings

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September 15, 2013-

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain individuals who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would be eligible for work authorization.  Individuals who receive deferred action will not be placed in removal proceedings, or removed from the United States, for a specific period of time unless terminated.   Deferred action, however, does not provide an individual with lawful status, but can be utilized for individuals in removal (deportation) proceedings.  DACA relief is discretionary and can be revoked by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at any time. Continue reading