Since Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was announced by the Obama administration in June 2012, Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney has remained largely silent on the issue. At most, what we got for him was that he had a better “plan” for immigration if he is elected.
Earlier this week, the Denver Post elicited a response from Candidate Romney which indicated he would not revoke work permits issued under the DACA program if he were president.
Today, Romney’s position was clarified by his campaign. If elected, Mitt Romney would not continue the DACA program. While he would not revoke work permits, he would not grant any requests for deferred action after he takes office on January 20, 2013.
What would this mean for DACA applicants? If Obama is elected, the program will continue for at least four years. If Romney is elected, the DREAMs of the million youth who potentially qualify for this program will be dashed.
Is applying for deferred action before November the right decision for you or your son/daughter? Do you have another option for immigrating to the U.S.? We encourage you to consult with an experienced immigration attorney to determine the right path for you.