There are many children in Florida who were brought to this country by their parents at a young age. They were brought here not based on any choices they made. It was recognized that people in this situation should be allowed to stay as long as they met certain requirements such as remaining law abiding and having a job through work visas. This was made into law through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
There are many people living here who are here through DACA and while it was never repealed, there were many concerns for people here under DACA for the last few years with the shift in immigration policy. The new administration has recently shown a shift to once again protect DACA and the many immigrants who are in the state under DACA.
Memorandum of the Attorney General
President Biden signed a memorandum stating this administration’s stance on DACA. The memorandum recognized that people who qualify for DACA should not be a priority for removal and that they should be allowed to provide for themselves and their families while contributing to the economy. It also stated a number of general provisions to outline the direction this administration wants to take in regards to DACA. Mainly the memorandum stated they want to preserve and fortify DACA, but it did not change any of the provisions of the law.
There are many people currently in Florida under DACA who may find some comfort knowing that DACA will be protected under this administration. There are also many others who may qualify for DACA that have not done so yet. It is important that individuals who are currently here under DACA continue to meet the requirements and for others to obtain its protections. Qualifying and obtaining the appropriate work visas can be complicated though and experienced attorneys may be able guide one through the process.