U.S Advocacy Group Unveils Plan to Protect Immigrant Communities

As America faces challenges in the fight to uphold the founding values of liberty and justice for all, in the wake of the result of the November 8, 2016 presidential election, the National Immigrant Justice Center has provided four important things members of the immigrant communities should know right now

immigrantsOn June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.

Because Donald Trump has promised to “immediately terminate” DACA, hundreds of thousands of immigrants across the country are worried about their future legal status in the U.S.

Reaffirming  its stands with the immigrant communities, the Immigrant advocacy group asserts that though the president has the discretion to unilaterally alter some immigration policies, he cannot change the law itself. The four important things members of the immigrant community should know right now:

  1. We do not recommend applying for deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) or DACA renewal at this time.
  2. If you have DACA, do not apply for advance parole. If you already have approved advance parole, return to the United States before January 20, 2017.
  3. Make an appointment for a legal consultation with a qualified legal service provider like NIJC as soon as possible to see if you are eligible for a permanent form of relief.
  4. If you have been a permanent resident for three or more years, consult with a legal service provider about preparing to apply for U.S. citizenship. If you have ever had an encounter with the police, do not apply unless you have consulted with an attorney.

Contact NIJC to schedule a legal consultation by phone at 312-660-1370 or email .


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