Making Sense of Immigration Law Changes
If you’re like me, you’ve probably noticed a lot of changes going on in our government lately, particularly regarding immigration. Also, if you’re like me, you struggled to make sense of what exactly these changes mean. There’s a lot of new information popping up every day thanks to the evolving legislature surrounding immigration law.
While it may seem impossible to understand at first, I took the liberty of decoding these changes and making them a bit easier to read. Here’s a very brief overview of just a few of the changes that are going on in our government right now.
Changes to DACA and what this means to you
DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was a piece of legislation put into place specifically for children that came to the United States undocumented. Instead of automatically deporting the children, DACA made it so these minors could get work permits and were protected against removal. At the end of 2017, President Trump said that he would seek to end DACA by March 2018, a promise that if true, would spell disaster for a lot of undocumented people.
Given that the majority of DACA recipients are in their early twenties, they’d likely have spent most of their lives in the United States. The loss of these protections could cause them to be deported, a scenario disastrous for many. Many “dreamers,” as these recipients are commonly referred to as, face many dangers when forced to move back to their countries, and many don’t even speak their native tongue.
If you’re seeking help from DACA, don’t worry! Trump has not succeeded in eliminating the program, and despite the changes that are constantly occurring, it’s still possible for you to get help. The lawyers over at The Law Office of William Jang, PLLC recommend thorough research and a great lawyer to help you out. That can mean the difference between being granted a work visa and being denied one.
A Temporary Protected Status is typically granted to citizens of countries who have just experienced a major natural disaster, such as a tsunami or earthquake, or a crisis like war. Many Syrians were granted TPS when they arrived to the United States.
One of the most interesting things I found out about TPS is its lack of consistency across the board. Countries like Syria have seen extensions in their TPS, but other countries like Haiti and Sudan have been terminated altogether. Because TPS is vastly different for each country, it can suddenly change overnight.
This is especially dangerous for those who are from a war-torn country. Many people protected under TPS no longer have a country that they can safely go back to once their protected status ends. This means families are often forced to go back to a warzone where they are constantly at risk. If you’re protected under TPS, I highly recommend speaking with a lawyer who is well-versed in this program to make sure you’re always up-to-date on any changes taking place.