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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Romney promises to honor President Obama’s grant of work permits to Dreamers but will not renew them

Many clients that I have met with since President Obama passed his policy called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) were concerned about the possibility of Mitt Romney ending the program were he elected to office.

Well these concerns were recently addressed by the Republican presidential candidate who was quoted in the Denver Post as saying “The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which is a two-year visa, should expect that the visa would continue to be valid.”  However, lest we get too excited Mr. Romney later clarified his statement to the Denver Post stating that although he would honor the exemptions already granted he would not be granting new ones should he take office.
It’s important to clarify a major mischaracterization in Mr. Romney’s statement.  DACA does not grant a visa or any lawful status to its recipients.  A visa is a nonimmigrant status that allows foreign nationals to remain in the United States, sometimes work (depending on the visa category) and travel in and out of the country. In contrast DACA simply prevents those granted the request from being placed in removal proceedings.  It also grants a work permit that that allows the person to work in the United States.


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