On June 4, the American Dream and Promise (ADP) Act of 2019, which was put forth by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-California), was passed by the House of Representatives. If signed into law, this act would significantly alter U.S. immigration law by providing legal status for immigrants previously given protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. However, the bill faces several more battles in the Senate before its potential arrival at the Oval Office for its signing.
The Background of the Act
For almost two decades, the U.S. Congress has failed to pass the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. This bill was targeted at providing legal status for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who entered the United States as minors. Due to Congress’s failure to provide a fix for this problem, the Obama administration in 2012 created DACA as an executive order to remedy this crisis. Under DACA, any minor having entered the United States since June 2007 before they turned 16, and who lived continuously in the country since then, was given the right to live, study, and work in the U.S. temporarily. However, this action came under intense scrutiny, and many legal experts claimed that the President’s actions were unconstitutional. In 2017, the Trump administration ended registration for the DACA program, and by 2020, the “dreamers’” legal status will expire.
Criteria for ADP Eligibility
The American Dream and Promise Act would grant conditional permanent resident status for DACA recipients and others eligible for the program for up to 10 years. To qualify for the program, an applicant must meet specific criteria, including:
Prove they came to the United States before the age of 18 and have lived in the United States continuously for at least four years.
Show that they have been admitted to an institute of higher learning or have earned or are currently earning a high school diploma or equivalent.
Pass all security background checks, give biometric info, and have no felony or misdemeanor convictions. They must also register for the Selective Service.
Pay an application fee.
Those who are eligible for conditional permanent residence can then apply to become green card holders by meeting one of three criteria:
Complete at least two years of a bachelor’s degree program in the United States.
Serve in the military for at least two years and receive honorable service.
Work for at least three years in the United States.
In addition, they must also:
Maintain a continuous residence in the United States.
Be able to read, write, and speak in English while having a basic understanding of American history and governance.
Contact a Westchester County, NY Immigration Attorney
United States immigration laws are constantly changing. If you or a loved one are affected by the new immigration laws, it is important to understand how you can meet your legal requirements and protect your ability to live and work in the United States. For assistance with legal matters related to immigration, green cards, or U.S. citizenship, consult a knowledgeable Darien immigration lawyer. At Gonzalez Law Office, LLC, we have significant experience in all areas of immigration law. Call our office at 203-323-1440 today to arrange a consultation.