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DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

What it is and why you should consider applying for it. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. New terminology, new hope for those who dare dream.

“I came here as a child with my parents. I don’t feel I have a dual identity. This is where I grew up. This is what I know.” These comments are commonly expressed sentiments of hundreds of thousands of young individuals who came into the U.S., both through legal and illegal means. Some were being hand carried in baby carriages made of old paper bags and rags. Some were driven hundreds of miles while in hidden compartments in trucks or cars and often endured temperatures over one hundred degrees. Some were pulled in by a tight hand hold from family members or on occasion, by hired hands known as “coyotes”. All eventually were brought in over the border and onto U.S. soil. Others came in legally under their family’s visa but over-stayed after the visa expired.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was recently approved by the Obama Administration. On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines, may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is an act of prosecutorial discretion by the Department of Homeland Security to defer removal action of individuals who meet very rigorous requirements necessary to be eligible for cancellation of removal or a stay of deportation proceedings. Deferred action however does not provide an individual with lawful status. The actual procedural means to implement this deferred action was offered and placed into action by the Federal Government beginning on August 15, 2012 as the date for individuals to begin requesting consideration for relief under DACA.

The basic requirements for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals include: (1) Being under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012; (2) Having entered the United States prior to reaching age 16; (3) Having continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time; (4) Having been physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making the request for consideration of deferred action with United States Citizens and Immigration Services, (USCIS); (4) Having entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or having their lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012; (6) Being currently in school, having graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from High School, or having obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or having been Honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and (7) Having not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and not otherwise posing a threat to national security or public safety.

While it has been several weeks since the DACA option was initially implemented, as of October 1, 2012 a few hundred thousand applications have been filed and are being processed. A distinct number have already been approved. Deferred action is a remarkable boon for certain young immigrants. Not only does it remove the fear of deportation for at least two years at a time, it also grants work authorization which has ancillary benefits. These include being able to obtain a valid social security number as well as a driver’s license. Obviously this opens up a world of possibilities. Many who could not pursue a college education because of lack of acceptable documentation will now be able to pursue higher education. Another benefit of having approved work authorization is that many of these young people will be able to obtain professional licenses. This creates avenues to greater employment opportunities and career development which ultimately, positively effects our economy at a time when the economic woes on our Country could use much needed assistance.

Finally, because there is no mechanism set for appealing a denial or for seeking reconsideration, in order to ensure their best chance of success, DACA applicants would be well advised to seek professional assistance from knowledgable and experienced Immigration lawyers. Presently, at the Cardona Law Firm, LLC we have put together and filed several applications for deferred action consideration under DACA.

We are very happy to report that several applications have recently been approved.

At The Cardona Law Firm L.L.C., we provide our clients quality legal counsel in a broad variety of legal matters. From straightforward issues to serious litigation, we can provide you the experience and confidential advice you need to maneuver through criminal, family, personal injury and immigration law.
We are committed to assisting you in a timely manner, and communication is the key to serving our clients well. You will never be left in the dark about your case; we return calls, e-mails and faxes as promptly as possible, and we will never miss a legal deadline. Our goal is to provide you with exceptional, courteous service in your time of need.
Family Law, DivorceAttorney James E. Cardona is dedicated to the intricacies of family law including divorce, child custody, grandparents’ rights, domestic violence and more. If your family is in turmoil, you need qualified, expert advice and guidance through the maze of Florida family law. You deserve to have the help you need in making the decisions that are right for you and your family, by following the proper legal steps to shape the outcome you require. Our main goal is to minimize the stress and strain that family problems may bring. We provide conflict resolution, as well as litigation services to help resolve your family disputes. You may need a non-interested third party to establish negotiation meetings in a non-threatening environment, or you may need a powerful court presence to maintain your goals and objectives in the family dispute. At The Cardona Law Firm L.L.C., we're prepared to help you.
Personal Injury LawWe also understand that an unexpected injury can be an awful experience. Besides the pain from the injury, your medical bills can add up quickly and, if your disability claim has been denied, you may not have any income to support yourself. The sooner you come to us for help, the faster we can assist you. Attorney Cardona has the experience with accident, disability, and personal injury cases to help you through the process, step by step. Each case is different, needing specialized knowledge and experience to make sure each step is done right. When you choose our firm, you will receive the kind of attention your case deserves, with a winning team on your side. Over the years, we have handled hundreds of cases involving regular people like you. You have the right to seek the kind of compensation you need to pay your medical bills from your accident or injury. And we are the law firm that can help you.
When you need legal assistance or representation, please call our office at (352) 728-5557. We will set up an appointment to hear your needs and assess your case. We will give you an honest estimate of the time the legal process might take, as well as any fees that may be associated, with your representation or case. The complete resolution to your case or representation in a timely manner is what we will strive to achieve. You are the reason we are in practice.

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