Rubén Cantú-Rodríguez/Conexión Del Río

DEL RIO – The Consulate of Mexico in Del Rio, in conjunction with RAICES, an immigration-oriented legal services nonprofit headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, held a DACA and DAPA update meeting on Monday, July 11, 2016, at the St. Joseph’s Church’s community hall.

Attorneys of the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) presented an update of the immigration-related programs, after the most recent Supreme Court of the United States ruling, issued on June 23, 2016.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an immigration policy that allows certain undocumented immigrants to receive a renewable two-year work permit and exemption from deportation, remains unchanged with the ruling, RAICES representatives said.

However, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program, as well as an expansion to DACA, will also remain temporary halted as mandated by a U.S. Court in Brownsville, Texas. 

In a split decision 4-4, and with one vacant seat due to the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court was unable to rule in favor or against a coalition of 26 states suing the federal government for the implementation of these programs. Thus the temporary suspension issued by the U.S. Court in Brownsville, remains in place.

Renewals and new registrations to DACA are still being accepted. Among other requirements for the immigration program are: if you were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012; came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday; have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time; were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action; had no lawful status on June 15, 2012; also being currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Carlos Obrador Garrido Cuesta, Consul of Mexico in Del Rio, Texas, said that Mexican authorities will continue informing the community of the evolution of these programs, and encouraged everyone to prevent scams and frauds, by consulting with reputable immigration lawyers and authorities only.

For more information call the Consulate of Mexico in Del Rio, Texas at (830) 775-2352 or visit them at 2207 N Bedell Ave. Del Rio, Texas. Or visit RAICES website at www.raicestexas.org