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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is safe, for now

After months of what feels like daily bad news for immigrants living in Georgia and throughout the United States, there is a glimpse of good news from the White House for individuals who came to country as young children. According to recently released statements from the Trump administration, immigrants protected under the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) can continue to enjoy those protections — for now.

Immigrants protected under DACA, often referred to as "Dreamers" in the media, can continue to re-apply for temporary work permits every two years under the current rules, but there is no guarantee that this privilege will last very long. While the White House did state that DACA would remain in effect for now, many other similar programs are going away. Some activists and pundits have suggested that this move may only create further tensions between immigrants protected by DACA and those who are not.

Of course, in the big picture, Trump staked a large part of his campaign on the notion that America needs to tighten down its borders and remove many immigrants, which is in line with other moves the administration has already made. While preserving DACA may seem inconsistent with other actions like the so-called ‘travel ban" Trump attempted to instate with an executive order, only to see it struck down, the overall attitude of the administration remains the same — DACA is safe for now, but not forever.

If you have concerns about your own status as an immigrant, or the status of someone else that you love, do not hesitate to consult with an experienced attorney who can help you understand and protect your rights in these difficult times.

Source: The New York Times, "‘Dreamers’ to Stay in U.S. for Now, but Long-Term Fate Is Unclear," Michael D. Shear and Vivian Yee, June 16, 2017

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