Tills Visa Law

Stephen K. Tills, Attorney at LAW

The DAPA amnesty provision is dropped by Trump administration.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) 2017
The Obama Administration’s Executive Action known as  Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) has been eliminated by the Trump administration.  But recall that the proposed program was halted by a Federal Judge in Texas in 2015, and was never implemented. That leaves the original program, DACA, as the single remaining “Dream Act”-related Executive Action still in effect.  (That provision applies to those aliens who entered the U.S. prior to reaching age 16, and completed High School, or military Service, and provides temporary lawful status and employment authorization. ) The other program not implemented was the expanded DACA version.
A positive legacy of the never-implemented programs was additional capacity for adjudication of Immigration applications.   In anticipation of the programs DAPA and DACA II,  DHS built an entirely new U.S. CIS Service Center, the  “Potomac Service Center“. This Service Center, located in Arlington, Virginia, went into Service in 2015, and currently processes a variety of applications such as naturalization applications for Military Veterans, and extensions for H1-B visa holders.


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