Expanded DACA and DAPA Programs On Hold; Existing DACA Program Not Impacted
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 10, 2015) — Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) strongly disagrees with the Fifth Circuit’s decision to temporarily block the implementation of the new immigrant deferred action programs, which include an expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and a Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program.
“Prosecutorial discretion makes clear that the President can set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws. We applaud the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for their swift decision to appeal this ruling to the Supreme Court so millions of immigrants can come out of the shadows,” said Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director of Advancing Justice-LA.
“While the ruling delays the expanded immigration relief programs, there are still many young immigrants who qualify for the original Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and who have not yet applied,” said Aman Thind, director of Advancing Justice-LA’s immigration project. “We urge those who believe they are eligible now to apply as soon as possible.”
Attorneys and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representatives at Advancing Justice-LA offer free immigration eligibility screenings and legal assistance to those who qualify for the current DACA program. In addition, preparatory assistance is available to those who qualify for the expanded DACA and DAPA programs. Advancing Justice-LA urges individuals and families to beware of fraudulent immigration services and unscrupulous attorneys who may use the delay in implementation to provide legal assistance for programs that are not yet available. Applications for the expanded DACA and DAPA programs have not been released by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
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Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles is the nation’s largest Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983 as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Advancing Justice – LA’s mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, leadership development and capacity building, Advancing Justice – LA seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of the AANHPI community while also building a strong AANHPI voice for civil rights and social justice.