On September 26, Goldberg Kohn hosted a free clinic to help immigrants stay in the United States legally as part of a National Immigrant Justice Center program bringing lawyers together with clients in need of assistance. Goldberg Kohn attorneys and paralegals met with clients to help identify and prepare documents necessary to help immigrants renew their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, providing temporary relief from deportation for two years and work authorization.
In 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for individuals that arrived in the U.S. as children, resided in the United States since at least 2007, have not committed serious crimes, and have been educated in the United States. These youth overwhelmingly have no path to lawful immigration status. DACA does not provide lawful status or a pathway to permanent residence or citizenship, but rather, a period of 2 years (subject to renewal) during which they would not be removed from the US.
On Sept. 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiated the orderly phase out of DACA. DHS will provide a limited, six-month window during which it will consider certain requests for DACA and applications for work authorization, under specific parameters.