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DAPA Canceled for Undocumented Parents

On Behalf of | Jul 24, 2017 | Immigration |

Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residence, or “DAPA,” was put forward by President Obama as way for undocumented parents to obtain lawful status in the United States. On June 15 this year, the Department of Homeland Security officially rescinded this program.  Currently, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or “DACA,” remains in effect. Continue reading to learn more about the future of these programs.

DACA Remains in Effect

The Trump administration has made public that there are currently no plans to stop the DACA program. This means that for the time being, all current DACA recipients will maintain their status. Additionally, new applications and renewal applications can continue to be filed.

Prosecutorial Discretion

DACA and DAPA were forms of prosecutorial discretion. Essentially, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) chooses to exercise discretion and not prosecute certain types of cases in order to go after higher priority individuals. Even though DAPA is rescinded, individuals may still qualify for a grant of prosecutorial discretion. However, currently only significant humanitarian factors will assist such a request.

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