AALDEF marks three-year anniversary of launch of DACA
Friday, Aug 14, 2015
To mark the occasion, Margaret Fung, executive director of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), said: "As a national civil rights organization that advocates for fair immigration policies, we support the president's immigration initiatives, including DACA and the expansion of deferred action announced last November. These programs could provide relief from deportation to hundreds of thousands of undocumented Asian immigrants in this country. In the absence of a comprehensive overhaul of our immigration laws, AALDEF encourages individuals who qualify for deportation relief under DACA to apply for such relief.
AALDEF has provided legal assistance to Asian immigrant youth who may be eligible for DACA and plans to represent individuals who would have qualified under an expansion of the original DACA program and the creation of a new deferred action program for parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been in the U.S. for at least five years (known as DAPA) (see FAQs on DAPA and Expanded DACA).
While the lawsuit temporarily blocks the rollout of DAPA and expanded DACA and the protection from deportation for many more individuals who would benefit from these initiatives, the court's decision does not affect the current DACA program, announced in June 2012, for which those who are eligible under the existing guidelines can continue to file initial or renewal requests (see DACA Fact Sheet).