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U.S. immigration law: DACA in jeopardy

For many people in other countries, living in the United States is a dream that they can only hope to attain. Even though some people were able to reach that goal for themselves and their children, many of those people in Georgia and across the country are seeing the legal status of those who immigrated to the country as young children put in jeopardy. A top government official claims that he expects an impending change in U.S. immigration law which could affect millions of people.

The Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly, recently met with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. In that meeting, Kelly recently issued a warning that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program may be coming to an end, claiming that it is likely to be ruled as legally unsustainable. DACA was put in place in 2012 and protects people who were illegally brought into the country as children from deportation and allows them to work. The program recently received additional scrutiny after politicians from 10 states requested that President Trump end the program.

Kelly warns that he does not expect the Trump administration to defend the program in court. Trump previously reported that he would not take action against those protected by DACA, called Dreamers. While Kelly claims that he would keep the program, he claims that bipartisan legislation may be necessary.

In the meantime, some lawmakers estimate that millions of people currently protected by DACA would be deported if such a drastic change is made to U.S. immigration law. Unfortunately, many people who were brought here as young children and built lives for themselves are now likely worried about their ability to continue living in this country. An attorney with experience with the changing nature of immigration laws can often help those facing the threat of deportation pursue a legal remedy that is in their favor.

Source: Miami Herald, "Top Trump official warns special immigration status may end soon for a million people", Franco Ordonez, July 12, 2017

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