Boston DAPA Lawyer

Our immigration firm was extraordinarily happy when President Obama took Executive Action to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. A key component of Obama’s Executive Action was Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), which essentially would have extended DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) to include certain eligible parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. Unfortunately, as a Boston DAPA lawyer could explain, this order was never implemented.

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DAPA is Dead

The DAPA immigration program was never implemented and today it is non-existent.  It was killed by two things:  first, the Republicans launched a lawsuit, which lead to an injunction that prevented the Obama Administration from implementing DAPA. Second, while litigation over this injunction was underway, the 2016 election brought to power Donald Trump. With Trump’s election, we now have executive power in the hands of a man who is the very embodiment of nativist hostility towards immigrants. Any Republican victory would have doomed DAPA, but with Trump its demise is emphatic.

Eligibility for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans

DAPA was to be a discretionary form of immigration relief. Eligibility for this program would have been determined by USCIS (U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services) on a case-by-case basis. As an attorney in Boston could tell you, the requirements for DAPA were:

  • you must have been physically present, continuously, in the United States since January 1, 2010. If you entered the U.S. after this cut-off date, then you don’t qualify for DAPA.
  • you must have child who was born on or before November 20, 2014; if your child is born on November 21 or thereafter, then you are not eligible for DAPA.
  • You were physically present in the United States on November 20, 2014, the date that DAPA was announced.
  • you have no lawful status on November 20, 2014.
  • your child must have either a green card (legal permanent resident) or U.S. citizenship. Parents of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients are not eligible for DAPA.
  • you must not have committed any serious crimes or otherwise have become an deportation enforcement priority, under the revised guidelines explained in Policies for Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants Memorandum published on November 20, 2014

DAPA approval would have provided two key benefits. One of which is a work permit or EAD card, which is valid for a 3-year period. The work permit would allow you to apply for a social security card, which would enable you to qualify for a state driver’s license in Massachusetts. It also would have provided protection from deportation during the duration of its 3-year validity. DAPA had no a path to citizenship nor did it lead to a green card or permanent residency status. A lawyer in Boston could further explain the benefits DAPA would have had.

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Speak with a Boston DAPA Attorney

DAPA (Deferred Action for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) would have helped parents of green card holders or U.S. citizens. But sadly, DAPA was never implemented. So what should you do given that DAPA isn’t an option? The answer is to come see us! Our experienced Boston DAPA lawyers specialize in deferred action cases. When you’re ready to take advantage of DAPA, call our office today.