The Trump administration announced on September 5, 2017, that they will be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program. DACA is a law that allows undocumented immigrants that qualify to receive two-year work permits and to receive an exemption from deportation. President Obama created the immigration policy in 2012 to stall deportation efforts against immigrants that were brought to the United States as children.
As many know, a criminal record could have potential negative consequences on immigration applications. However, many do not know that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) looks beyond arrests and charges when evaluating whether a foreign national should receive immigration benefits. For example, regardless of whether there was an expungement, USCIS looks at the underlying alleged actions and crime. In other words, it is possible to have an expungement or a sentence suspended, but USCIS can possibly still approve OR reject immigration benefits based on the underlying crime alleged and the circumstances surrounding it.
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