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Threat to DACA brings deportation concerns

Many undocumented immigrants living in Florida have, for the past several years, been taking advantage of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. These "Dreamers," as they are colloquially known, are individuals who were brought to the United States as children by their undocumented parents or family members. While DACA protected Dreamers from the risk of deportation, the new administration is considering scrapping the program altogether.

The ramifications of ending DACA are significant. Many Dreamers arrived in the United States when they were babies or toddlers and have no memory of connection to their original homelands. If DACA is suspended, however, Dreamers are at risk of being deported to a country where they have no friends, no family and lack appropriate networks for finding work. In some cases, a Dreamer who grew up speaking English may not even be able to speak the language of the country to which they are deported.

As a result, some individuals and families affected by these laws have become extremely cautious in their day-to-day lives. They are living in fear of the possibility of one day being deported and permanently separated from their spouses, children and extended family members. They may also wonder if they have other options under US immigration law.

Dreamers and other undocumented immigrants may benefit from speaking with an experienced immigration law attorney. The lawyer may be able to review the client's case and make recommendations regarding alternative paths to remaining in the US and possibly even pursuing permanent residency or citizenship. In addition, an attorney may be able to represent the client in deportation cases or during the appeals process.

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