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PATH for DREAMS (Providing Access To Hope) was created in response to the June 15, 2012 Pres. Obama Directive for Deferred Action. The PATH for DREAMs Program’s intention is to provide one-on-one assistance in a safe environment who believe they are eligible for Deferred Action. It is a program created by NaFFAA and FALDEF with the support of PCGNY. 

 

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PATH for DREAMS will be implemented jointly by NaFFAA, FALDEF and the Philippine General Consulates.  As such, applicants are guaranteed to have access to trustworthy, knowledgeable, reliable, and economical resources. Processing centers hosted by local organizations will be manned by representatives from aforementioned organizations. They will handle every applicant with utmost confidentiality.

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The objective of the program is to help process FREE OF CHARGE the applications of eligible DREAMers for Deferred Action Status For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) under the June 15, President Obama directive. 

 

CONTEXT:  Due to Congress’ failure to enact the DREAM Act into law (Development Retention and Education of Alien Minors) which would have given eligible DREAMers an avenue to citizenship,  the DACA initiative by President Obama mandates the DHS to “exercise favorable prosecution discretion as appropriate to ensure that enforcement resources are not expended on low priority cases, such as individuals who came to the United States as Children and meet other key guidelines” (underscoring ours).

Implementing  memos:

(1) Janet Napolitano Memo, dated June 15, 2012: “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to theUnited Statesas Children”.

(2) John Morton Memo, dated June 15, 2012: “Secretary Napolitano’s Memorandum Concerning the Exercise of Prosecutorial Discretion for Certain Removal Individuals Who Entered The United States as a Child”.

 

 

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ACA stands for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”. Deferred Action is a DISCRETIONARY determination to defer removal of action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. (DHS)

”DACA” IS NOT Amnesty:

·         Applicants don’t get any “green card” or other document showing a legal right to be in the U.S.

·         Applicants have no “legal rights” to remain in the country (just a temporary pledge not to deport them)

·         Applicants cannot sponsor family members

·         Applicants may not travel abroad without Advance Parole

·         DACA does not guarantee “immunity”  from deportation (because purely “discretionary”, may be revoked anytime).

 

What “DACA” simply provides:

·         A temporary two-year relief from deportation (“Deferred” for Now) for unauthorized youth immigrants

·         Ability to  obtain a federal work permit

 

What is the “status” of approved DACA applicants?

 DACA gives them the right to work in the United States but not the right to legally  stay  in the United States. (e.g. a person under removal orders can be granted work permits in certain circumstances)


 Click HERE to download forms and instructions about DACA applications.

Media

A DREAMer's story: FALDEF Client, John Quidilla