Renewing the DACA, not committing crimes and not using marijuana are some of the recommendations.

The arrest of Daniela Ramírez, a 23-year-old girl, benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), whose status was expired two years ago, and she no longer renewed it, sounded the alert among the covered with this program.

Despite having no criminal record, Ramírez, a graduate of Azusa High School and a hotel worker, was arrested by agents of the Migration and Customs Service (ICE) in West Covina on Friday, December 20. Apparently he had not renewed this program for fear of possible detention.

ICE press spokesman Bryan D. Cox revealed that the reopening of cases is not exclusive to DACA beneficiaries but that all those processes that were administratively closed are being rescheduled and re-standardized.

“The news is devastating, and it is a shame that DACA's protection has expired, and now it has deportation on top. What their legal representatives will surely do is immediately submit the renewal petition, ”observes the immigration lawyer, Alex Gálvez.

The opinion He asked Gálvez about what DACA beneficiaries should do to avoid being targeted by ICE.

The first recommendation is to renew the DACA before it expires. "It is recommended to make the request five months before it will expire“, Precise.

If the DACA has already expired, it emphasizes that it can be renewed at any time.

In Carmen's case, the lawyer says that unfortunately someone gave her bad information, which led her not to renew the DACA.

Beneficiaries of DACA must be very attentive to committing violations of the law that puts them in the eye of Migra. (Aurelia Ventura / La Opinion)

No weapons

Attorney Gálvez comments that it is very important that DACA beneficiaries know that they they can't carry weapons. “Only residents or citizens can have weapons. Owning a weapon for a DACA is a serious crime in the eyes of migration, ”he says.

Not leave the country

It shows that the DACA must remember that no they can leave the country without a migration permit known in English as Advance Parole, which they are no longer authorizing.

“But they must be clear because many think that they can leave the country and re-enter even with a work permit. That is not possible, ”he remarks.

Eligible for residence?

If a DACA marries a resident or citizen, they are eligible for residency, but they should see an immigration lawyer especially if they do not have a legal entry into the country.

No crimes

Galvez stresses that DACA beneficiaries should avoid committing crimes, even those that do not seem like Drunk driving, shoplifting and domestic violence.

Special mention, requires, to have relationships with minors. "Even if one or a minor are missing a few months to turn 18, it is forbidden to be with them because it is a crime that can and has cost deportation to some dreamers," he says.

DACAs are not recommended to use marijuana or work in businesses related to this unnervating. (Aurelia Ventura / The Opinion)

Beware of marijuana

Although in California it is legal to consume marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes, at the federal level it is a crime; and migration considers that. "So DACAs must stay away from marijuana. Even not working in the dispensary or business related to this herb"Remarks.

Finally, it is recommended that you do not make the mistake of registering to vote. "Normally, they don't, but it never hurts to remember," he says.

All to renew DACA

Last October, lLeaders of the Immigrant Rights Coalition (CHIRLA) and the FWA.US organization called the dreamers to renew as soon as possible their permits of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) so that they are protected for the next two years as long as the Supreme Court of the United States decides on their lives.

“The United States Supreme Court will make a decision between January and June of the next year to determine the legality of the cancellation of DACA made by President Trump. As we do not know what the decision will be, it is very important that the beneficiaries who have their permits expired in January and February renew their DACA as soon as possible, ”said Luis Pérez, director of Legal Services of CHIRLA.


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