Do you keep hearing about DACA, but don’t understand how it affects you—or even what it is in the first place? In this informative video, St. Louis immigration attorney Jim Hacking explains everything you need to know about DACA.
DACA stands for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” and is a discretionary determination to defer deportation for individuals who came to the United States when they were under the age of 16 through no fault of their own.
This discretionary determination protects children who have grown up in the United States from deportation proceedings. DACA provides a two-year relief from deportation, and also offers the ability for the individual to obtain a work permit.
Regardless of what some people may believe, DACA is not amnesty. Applicants are not granted a green card and do not have legal rights to remain in the country. They are not immune from deportation; they’re only given a reprieve from current deportation hearings.
If you are considering applying for DACA, you need to consult with a St. Louis immigration attorney. It may not be the best option for you, especially if you have some type of criminal history. Another reason not to seek DACA determination is to protect other family members who may be out of status. Call our office at 314.961.8200 to learn more about your options.