When the Trump administration recently ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, it offered a renewal option for existing program participants. Immigrants had until October 5, 2017, to submit their renewal applications. According to the preliminary numbers released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), about 21,000 to 22,000 program participants failed to submit their renewal applications by the October 5th deadline. Later numbers released by DHS, however, showed that about 36,000 program participants failed to file renew applications, which is about 23% of the total number of participants.
Immigration advocates and Democratic leaders claim that the deadline for immigrants to submit their applications was far too short. Immigrants only had about 30 days to submit renewal applications and pay the $500 application renewal fee. Due to short renewal period, advocates also accuse the Trump administration of failing to give DACA recipients notice of the renewal deadline. Furthermore, advocates have asked for further extensions of time for DACA recipients living in those states that were affected by recent hurricanes. Thus far, the Trump administration only has announced that it will make case-by-case determinations for DACA recipients living in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, who were affected by Hurricane Maria. Democratic members of Congress pleaded for extensions for DACA recipients living in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida, as well. Although the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended tax deadlines for individuals in these states, the administration has offered no similar extensions of time to DACA recipients living in those states.
With the demise of DACA comes many immigrants who suddenly are at risk of immediate deportation. Whether or not the DACA program impacts you and your family, we are here to help. If ICE has detained a family member or loved one, contacting an experienced California immigration attorney as quickly as possible can be essential to securing his or her release and fighting deportation. Taking steps to fix an immigration problem from the beginning is often much simpler than waiting until the last minute and attempting to remedy the situation. Call Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., at (510) 756-4468 today, and learn what we can do to help you through this situation.