Court of Appeals to Consider Fate of DAPA and DACA
Earlier this year, a judge in Texas blocked the implementation of President Obama’s deferred action program for parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (DAPA) and deferred action for arrivals that are children too (DACA). The Obama Administration fought this before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. DAPA provides protection from deportation, a three-year work authorization document, and the opportunity to apply for permission to travel. Qualifications for DAPA include: a son or daughter of any age that is a U.S. citizen as of November 20, 2014; a continuous presence in the U.S. since before January 1, 2010; and a physical presence in the U.S. both on November 20, 2014 and at the time of making the request for DAPA. Also, applicants must not be considered a priority from removal from the United States.
The two programs that could be implemented would provide work for thousands of individuals across the United States and especially in major cities. If DAPA and DACA are not implemented, many families could be separated leaving children on their own. Also, children are seen as low-priority when it comes to enforcement; so at a certain age, they should be excluded from deportation along with their immediate family. If individuals are here with their families then I think they are here to help improve the livelihood for everyone they are with.