Christopher B. McKinney, Attorney at Law, LLC


President Obama and the Department of Homeland Security expand DACA

The deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) program will be expanded pursuant to President Obama's executive orders. Many people know DACA as the program for DREAMERS, for people that were brought to the United States when they were children. The program will continue to be available on a case by case basis, so applications will be necessary. Applications for people covered by the expansion aren't available yet. 

Here are the DACA expansions.

The age gap will be removed. The first DACA program was only available to people that were under age 31 on June 15, 2012. The expanded program will have no age restriction. 

Employment authorization extended to three years. Currently, DACA recipients receive two-year grants of deferred action and employment authorizations. After the two-year period runs, renewal applications can be made. The new program will extend the grants of deferred action and employment authorization from two years to three. 

Date of entry changed to January 1, 2010. The current DACA program requires that applicants have entered the United States by June 15, 2007. The executive order changes the date to January 1, 2010.

The DACA expansions, according to a DHS memo, should be implemented withing 90 days of November 20, 2014.


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