Are Dreamers in Danger of Deportation? It Is Possible Under Certain Circumstances

Young adult immigrants who came to the United States without documentation are sometimes called dreamers. Although dreamers may have lived in the U.S. for a number of years, they are not considered legal citizens, nor do they have proper legal authority to live in the country. Currently, dreamers are not being targeted for any actions. With the possibility of new immigration laws, are dreamers in danger of deportation? Here is some important information to help answer that question.

Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals

Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program that is designed to allow those who arrived in the U.S. as children an opportunity to resolve their immigration status. People who came to the United States when they were very young may be unaware of their immigration status. DACA allows these people to remain in the United States while they resolve their issues.

DACA Program May Be Temporary

The DACA program is considered temporary and may be eliminated in the future. For this reason, childhood arrivals should take immediate steps to resolve their status and obtain permanent residency. For dreamers to qualify for the program, they must meet specific qualifications, and deferred or delayed action is only available to those who are eligible.

Dreamers Could Be Eligible for Removal

Dreamers may be eligible for removal (also commonly called deportation). Typically, however, action is not taken against these individuals unless another condition exists. For example, if a dreamer is convicted of a felony, he could be deported because he is technically not in the United States legally. Sometimes these individuals are unaware of their illegal status until they are arrested on unrelated charges.

Take Steps to Avoid Deportation

It is important that dreamers learn their status. If they are not U.S. citizens, they must take action to obtain permanent residency. There are various types of visas that are available, and each individual needs to determine which type of visa they may obtain and then submit an application. If they qualify for permanent residency, they should apply for a green card. That process can take months to complete, so it is best to begin as soon as possible to remain in the U.S. on a continuous basis.

Resolving Problems with Immigration Status

Immigration can be complicated, especially for dreamers. Dreamers may not have been aware that they were living in the country illegally. The DACA program provides some time for them to resolve these issues and gain legal residency. If you have questions regarding visas, contact the skilled immigration lawyers at Udall Shumway PLC to schedule a consultation today.

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