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Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) impacts people every day in Houston and beyond. In recent years, Fong Ilagan has experienced an explosion of concerned Dreamers and citizens wondering what to expect with the state of DACA and immigration in question. It is important that people know the facts and what they can do to help the situation. One of the best things to do is to consult with a DACA lawyer in Houston. At Fong Ilagan, our DACA lawyers offer free consultations where you can speak with an experienced DACA lawyer, receive advice, and get the legal help that you need.
The best thing you can do is not to panic but to get informed. Call your congressman and tell them to protect DACA. In the meantime, we need to be prepared for anything, as the president of the United States seems to have waged an all-out attack on immigrants that isn’t over yet.
What is the State of DACA Now?
President Trump ended DACA in the later part of 2017, an act that was followed by a couple of federal court orders that granted an injunction to stop the president from canceling DACA. Therefore, people who have DACA or have had it previously can renew DACA now, no matter when it expires.
Who Can Renew DACA?
If you have never filed before, you cannot renew. The only people who can renew DACA are people who have DACA currently or have had it in the past. If your DACA expires this year, you should probably go ahead and renew now. If your DACA expiration date is more than five months away, it is possible that it could be denied for filing early, but that hasn’t happened very much to speak of.
What if My DACA Has Been Expired for a Long Time?
Even if your DACA has been expired a long time, say, more than a year, you still can file to obtain DACA. However, if your DACA has been expired for more than a year, you will need to file as an initial applicant, which means that you will need to include all of your proof and documentation again. Still, you can file if your DACA is expired as long as you have had DACA at some point in time in the past, and you are still eligible.
How to Hire a DACA Lawyer in Houston
At Fong Ilagan, we take a very hands-on approach to representing our clients in DACA cases. This means that we communicate directly with our clients, and we even speak Spanish. It is important to find an attorney that is knowledgeable and has experience in working on cases that are very similar to your own. Fong Ilagan is a business immigration law firm that specializes in this area of practice. This means that you can trust our Houston-based DACA attorneys to put their knowledge and expertise to use for you.