Revilla Law Firm is proud to announce that one of our clients has been offered - and has accepted - Deferred Action for Young People, as part of the Department of Homeland Security's policy announcement that it will offer Deferred Action to DREAMers.
The policy, which was announced in June, protects young, undocumented individuals from deportation if they meet certain criteria, such as attending school in the United States. Had it not been for this great opportunity, our client could have been separated from his parents, who are applicants for lawful permanent residency of the United States, and his sister, who is a United States citizen.
Our client was brought to the United States by his parents when he was 15 years old. Although he entered the country with a visitor's visa, his stay ultimately lapsed. As a result, our client was left without any status in the United States.
He was then placed in Removal Proceedings, where he faced deportation and the possibility of being apart from his family. At that time, he had absolutely no viable form of relief from removal. Based on prosecutorial discretion, his case was administratively closed in Court. Even though his case was administratively closed in Court and he no longer feared deportation, he was left in a position where he could not obtain residency, a work permit or a driver's license.
His situation looked dismal until his unfortunate circumstances were illuminated with a glimmer of hope when DHS announced its policy for Deferred Action for DREAMers. Upon a DHS review of eligible DREAMers, our client was offered and accepted Deferred Action for Young People. He will now be eligible to apply for work authorization and ultimately a driver's license.
Our client received his high school degree from Ronald Reagan High School in 2010, and is currently a student at Miami-Dade College, where he majors in Computer Information Systems and holds almost a 3.0 GPA. He is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree and is currently paying out-of-state tuition and fees for his studies. Because of this Deferred Action, he may ultimately become eligible to pay in-state tuition, which is considerably lower in cost, as he continues his studies.
Our firm received this amazing news today from the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor in Washington D.C. As it turns out, today is also our client's 21st birthday. We can't think of a better gift to receive or a more momentous occasion to celebrate. This is a compelling case that offers monumental hope for so many others looking to make the American Dream a reality.
As a firm dedicated to keeping families together, we look forward to helping others receive the same opportunity. Special thanks to Juliana Lamardo, Esq., who assisted Antonio Revilla, Esq., with this case.
About Revilla Law Firm, P.A.
Antonio Revilla is a Former U.S. Immigration Prosecutor and Miami Immigration Lawyer. Mr. Revilla founded his immigration law practice, Revilla Law Firm, when he saw a dire need for aggressive immigration representation and deportation defense in order to keep families united.
Mr. Revilla has almost 20 years of litigation experience and has dedicated his career to educating the public on the importance of immigration reform in our country. He has appeared on television to discuss various immigration issues and the benefits of passing bills such as the DREAM Act.