This week, there has been a lot of news regarding the possibility of a government shutdown in Washington D.C. as the GOP and Democrats battle over immigration reform. Basically, the White House wants stricter immigration policies and has recently put an end to DACA while the Democrats say they are not going to agree to a deal unless DACA has a replacement plan.
This September, it was announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would come to an end. The program was initiated in June of 2012 to protect individuals who came to the United States as children under the age of 16, many of whom had no say in whether they would come to the U.S or not. Not only were these individuals granted immunity from deportation, they were also granted the opportunity to request authorization for employment. Beginning on September 4, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security rejected all requests to renew DACA and the associated Employment Authorization Documents. In addition, the Department of Homeland Security made the decision to deny all future applications for DACA.
It will be interesting to see whether a government shutdown does happen and if so, if it will have any true impact on reforming or replacing DACA. If you have questions about how immigration reform may impact you, contact our firm today.
John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and obtain your initial consultation.