DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was a policy enacted by the Obama administration in 2012 that was intended to offer children who came to the U.S. illegally as minors and met the requirements of the program the opportunity to apply for a work permit and be granted a two year period of protection from deportation. After this period, recipients of the program, often referred to as Dreamers, would be allowed the opportunity to renew their status as long as they were still eligible.
Currently, there is a per-country cap on employment-based green cards. In other words, there is the same set number of these green cards available for immigrants from each country. It does not matter how big the country is or how many immigrants from that country are currently living and working legally in the United States. The same number of these green cards are available for immigrants from Greenland as are available for immigrants from India or China.
The Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be ending. There was much confusion about this program during its lifetime, and there is certain to be even more as it comes to an end. Dreamers and their families must use caution during this time.
Over the last decade, the average amount of time it takes to resolve an immigration case has increased from 198 days to 650 days. In the process, a backlog of more than 585,000 cases has amassed. That is a lot of people left in legal limbo.
Senate Bill 4 (SB4) was recently signed by Governor Greg Abbott, making sanctuary cities illegal in Texas and forcing local law enforcement agencies to crack down on undocumented immigrants. However, according to an article from NBC News, local law enforcement agencies throughout Texas may not be in agreement with the new law.