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The future for young undocumented immigrants in Florida

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has protected over 790,000 "dreamers" from deportation, and has allowed many of them to pursue education and work in the United States. However, the Trump administration has shown some effort toward ending the DACA program, which has left many beneficiaries of the program distressed about their future in the United States.

If you are protected by the DACA program, it is important that you keep up to date with the political events surrounding the program, since you may have to take action regarding it in order to avoid deportation.

What is happening with DACA?

In September 2017, Trump tried to order an end to the DACA protection program, and presented plans that would phase out the program on a gradual basis, beginning in March 2018. However, in February 2018 the Supreme Court reacted to this by ruling that since the plans were not justified in any way, the plan to end the program would be unlawful. This basically prevented the Trump administration from being able to move forward in successfully phasing out the program. This effectively means that as of May 2018, all efforts to stop DACA from functioning as normal have failed.

Is it possible to make an application for DACA if I am not already on the program?

Although those already in the DACA program are protected from deportation and are able to pursue education and carry out work, unfortunately, no new applications are being accepted at this time. Undocumented immigrants that are not protected under DACA at this time in Florida will have to look into other legal options.

If you are an undocumented immigrant and you are not protected by the DACA program, there are still many options for you. If you are a highly skilled worker, you may be able to get a working visa, and if you have a family member who is a United States citizen, it may be possible for you to apply for a green card.

Make sure to conduct thorough research as an undocumented immigrant in Florida in order to stand the best chance of having a bright future in the United States.

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