A December 4, 2017, protest outside the offices of Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Mario Diaz-Balart was somewhat disrupted by the arrival of a Border Patrol vehicle, which circled the gathering in what was believed to be an effort to intimidate those gathered there. The protest was intended to support the Dreamers, children of immigrants who have grown up in the U.S. without documentation. Protesters of all ages were participating in a hunger strike to highlight the issues facing these young people in their quest to remain in this country.
Trump Takes Aim at DACA
President Donald Trump has already indicated that he plans to dismantle many of the protections offered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program instituted in 2012 by the Obama administration. In September 2017, Trump announced plans to phase out DACA starting in March 2018. This has attracted attention from celebrities, corporations and political figures interested in protecting the rights of Dreamers to remain in this country and continue their pursuit of the American dream.
Seeking Legislative Solutions
The DREAM Act of 2017 is the latest version of a bill that has been around since 2001. Introduced in July 2017 by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, the DREAM Act is intended to provide a pathway to citizenship for those previously covered by DACA provisions. This legislation has not yet been passed into law and may face an uphill battle in both the U.S. House and the Senate.
Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst
In many cases, retaining the services of a qualified Miami immigration lawyer is a good first step for Dreamers in protecting their legal status and their right to remain in the U.S. With DACA currently under attack, making sure that individual cases are well represented by a knowledgeable and experienced attorney may be the best way to manage immigration issues for the foreseeable future.
At Pozo Goldstein, LLP, we have more than nine decades of combined experience in the legal field. This extensive experience can add up to real help for Dreamers and other individuals concerned about their immigration status. By working with a Miami immigration lawyer from our office, you can put the odds in your favor when negotiating with government agencies and enforcement officials. Call us today at 305-856-0400 to schedule a free consultation. The team at Pozo Goldstein is eager to help you resolve your immigration issues.