What the Temporary Suspension of DACA and DAPA Mean


The week has started with sad news about DACA and DAPA, for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).

Today, February 18th, the expansion of DACA was supposed to start, but now it is on a temporary suspension since “[a] South Texas judge in Texas [Hanen] has ordered an injunction on U.S. President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration that permitted millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the country”, as TIME magazine informs.

This means that also the plans to accept applications for DAPA has been suspended temporarily.

However, not everything is lost. The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh C. Johson, stated on a press release yesterday that he strongly disagrees with Judge Hanen’s decision: “The Department of Justice, legal scholars, immigration experts and even other courts have said that our actions are well within our legal authority”, he wrote on the note.

Now, according to the White House, the Department of Justice plans to appeal the judge’s decision, “and we believe the courts will ultimately reject this lawsuit because it has absolutely no legal merit”, writes Gabe Ortiz, from America’s Voice.

He sent an email blast Tuesday were she affirmed: “I know it sounds kind of scary, but many legal experts have said all along said that lawsuit is nothing more than a political stunt by anti-immigrant Attorneys General and Governors”.

“The best way our community can fight back against this attack is to stay on track. If you’re eligible, continue getting ready for expanded DACA and DAPA and immediately apply when the time comes. And, very importantly, this attack does not affect 2012’s DACA or its renewal process. So if you already have DACA and are set to renew, you should do so“, keeps explaining Ortiz.

So do not feel discouraged. Continue gathering your documents and getting ready for expanded DACA and DAPA, so when this decision is appealed, you are ready to apply right away. And remember: this decision DOES NOT affect 2012’s DACA, so if you can apply or are due to renew your permit, go ahead.

Do not hesitate to contact us for more information.


DACA se expande para incluir a más aplicantes

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El 20 de noviembre marcó una fecha inolvidable: el presidente Obama anunció nuevas acciones ejecutivas sobre inmigración, presentando 5 iniciativas que darán a los inmigrantes indocumentados un camino hacia una presencia legal provisional, así como la mejora de los programas de visas existentes y promover el proceso de naturalización.

En este post vamos a centrarnos en la expansión de la DACA (Acción Diferida para Llegadas en la Infancia), lo que significa que los inmigrantes indocumentados más jóvenes serán elegibles para solicitar este programa sin temor a la deportación. Carlos Tolentino, líder comunitario y experto en inmigración, dice: “El programa se expandirá para ayudar al menos a 100,000 personas”.

Puede empezar a aplicar para DACA, por primera vez o para renovar, ¡a partir del 18 de febrero!

USCIS (Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los EE.UU.) nos da esta información básica en su sitio web:


  • Las personas sin estatus migratorio legal que interesan obtener DACA por primera vez o interesan renovarla.


  • Amplía el plazo de acción diferida y autorización de empleo de dos a tres años, y le permite ser considerado a DACA si:
    • Usted entró a los Estados Unidos antes de cumplir 16 años de edad;
    • Ha residido continuamente en los Estados Unidos desde por lo menos el 1 de enero de 2010, a diferencia del requisito anterior que era al 15 de junio de 2007.
    • Tiene cualquier edad (elimina el requisito de haber nacido a partir del 15 de junio de 1981); y
    • Cumple con todos los demás requisitos de DACA.


  • El 18 de febrero de 2015 (USCIS no aceptará peticiones a la ampliación de DACA antes de esta fecha).


RECUERDE: Usted puede solicitar la ampliación de DACA desde este miércoles, 18 de febrero. Empiece a reunir todos sus documentos y llenar la solicitud. Para obtener más información, por favor no dude en ponerse en contacto con UnidosNow en el 941-256-0625.

(Fotografía del folleto de USCIS en DACA).

DACA Expands to Include More Applicants

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November 20th marked an unforgettable date: President Obama announced new executive actions on immigration, presenting 5 initiatives that will give undocumented immigrants a path to a provisional lawful presence, as well as improving existing visa programs and promoting the naturalization process.

In this post we will focus on the expansion of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which means that more young undocumented immigrants will be eligible to apply for this program without fear of deportation. Carlos Tolentino, a community leader and expert on immigration, says: “It will expand to help at least 100,000 more people”.

You can start applying for DACA -for the first time or to renew- on February 18th!

USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) gives us this basic information in their website:


  • Individuals with no lawful immigration status who are seeking initial or renewal DACA.


  • Extends the deferred action period and employment authorization to three years from two years, and allows you to be considered for DACA if you:
  • Entered the United States before the age of 16;
  • Have lived in the United States continuously since at least January 1, 2010, rather than the prior requirement of June 15, 2007;
  • Are of any age (removes the requirement to have been born since June 15, 1981); and
  • Meet all the other DACA guidelines.


  • February 18, 2015 (USCIS will not accept requests for expanded DACA before that date)


REMEMBER: You can apply for the expansion of DACA this Wednesday, February 18th. Start gathering all your documents and filling out the application. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact UnidosNow at 941-256-0625.

(Photography from USCIS flyer on DACA).


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