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What you need to know about the end of childhood deferment action

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), was put into place in 2012. Unfortunately, it is coming to an end. Initially, the program was announced by the secretary of Homeland Security as a way for people who came to America as young children to request deferred action. The deferment could be filed for a period of up to two years. During that time, the individuals would be able to work and prevent deportation proceedings.

Does your child qualify for American citizenship?

There are two common ways a child can qualify for automatic United States citizenship. The first is that any child born within the country gains United States citizenship the moment they are born. The second is that any child born abroad to an American citizen also automatically qualifies to receive United States citizenship at the time of their birth.

How do kids obtain citizenship if they're not born in America?

If your child is born when you're not in the United States, you may think that he or she is automatically a citizen. In some ways, that's true. In others, it isn't. While your child may socially be recognized as an American, there are steps you actually have to take to get your child's citizenship recognized.

The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 can make a difference to you

Your happiest moment was bringing your child into the world, but you certainly didn't expect to do so while out of the country. You know your child has a right to become a U.S. citizen, but do you have to exercise that right? What steps do you need to take to make sure your child is a citizen of your home country? You should speak with your attorney about the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

The Child Citizenship Act of 2000: What it means to you

The Child Citizenship Act (CCA) was created in 2000 and makes it possible for those born in foreign countries to obtain U.S. citizenship automatically by fulfilling a number of conditions before the age of 18 so long as at least one of his or her parents is a U.S. citizen.

Parents can be deported, leaving children behind

When you read reports about deportations, they often focus on those being removed from the country and the reasons for that removal. What these reports don't always mention, at least not in depth, is that everyone in a family unit may not be deported at the same time. A parent can be picked up by authorities and sent away, while children are left behind.

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