Attorney Edgardo Martinez Examines Effects of DACA and DAPA Blockage

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Immigration attorney Edgardo Martinez, in light of a November 10, 2015, article in The Atlantic regarding the blocking of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) programs, which together would have protected approximately 5 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. from deportation, discusses how this affects illegal immigrants.

Edgardo Martinez

We allowed people who entered this country illegally to stay indefinitely, have children, marry, buy property, work and become part of our communities and now we are going to say to them, ‘Sorry, you have to leave.’ That is just wrong.

DAPA is a planned American immigration policy that would grant deferred action status to certain undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States since 2010 and have children who are American citizens or lawful permanent residents. DACA would allow certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country before their 16th birthday and before June 2007 to receive a renewable two-year work permit and exemption from deportation.

“Contrary to the perceptions of many, if you entered the country illegally, it is very hard to legalize your status inside the USA,” said Martinez, a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. “We allowed people who entered this country illegally to stay indefinitely, have children, marry, buy property, work and become part of our communities and now we are going to say to them, ‘Sorry, you have to leave.’ That is just wrong.”

According to The Atlantic article, the decision frustrates efforts to shield millions of these undocumented immigrants from deportation. Martinez adds that most people who might qualify for DAPA and/or DACA really do not have other legal means otherwise they would have done something by now, which is precisely why these two benefits were created.

“Even though illegal immigrants broke the law, the truth is that we have to take responsibility for what we did, i.e. for decades we knew that millions of people were coming across the border illegally and we just looked the other way,” said Martinez. “By looking the other way, we encouraged it.”

About the Law Office of Edgardo Martinez
Attorney Edgardo Martinez strictly focuses on immigration and visa law, including citizenship, Green Cards and deportation defense. In 1998, he graduated cum laude from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor’s Degree in political science, and later received his law degree in 2004 from the Indiana University School of Law. The office is located at 1228 East 7th Avenue, Suite 200, Tampa, FL 33605. For more information, please call (813) 397-3978, or visit his Facebook and Google+ pages.

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