Unauthorized immigrants covered by DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) face an uncertain future under the new Trump administration. According to USCIS, more than 750,000 young unauthorized immigrants have received work permits and deportation relief through DACA since it was created by President Obama's executive action in August 2012. On December 7, 2016, fourteen mayors joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in sending President-elect Trump a letter urging him to continue the DACA program, which protects DREAMers and grows the economy, at least until Congress modernizes America's immigration system. In addition, on January 12, 2017 a bipartisan group of senators led by Dick Durbin (D-Ill) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reintroduced the "Bar Removal of Immigrants who Dream and Grow the Economy" or BRIDGE Act, to provide DACA-eligible individuals the chance to apply for "provisional protected presence" and employment authorization. A companion bill was introduced in the House the following day.
We will continue to bring you updates on our website and newsletter on any changes with DACA. In addition, Iandoli Desai & Cronin P.C. has been hosting "Know Your Rights Seminars" across the Boston metro-area. If you wish to host a similar seminar at your institution, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Know Your Rights" in the subject line.