Can DREAMers be deported prior to getting RPI status?

Obviously, DACA approved DREAMers as long as their approvals are valid (and that is why it is important for you to make sure that you apply to renew your DACA ahead of time), are immune from deportations as long as they do not commit a deportable crime (what DACA does is stop your deportation simply for being illegally present in the United States).  It is for this reason that I have been emphasizing that if you are a DACA eligible DREAMer please do not wait to adjust your status directly to Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) and apply ASAP for DACA.  That way, not only will you get to use a streamlined process for RPI legal immigrant status, you will be able to live legally and work right away without fear of deportation (remember that till you have a legal status, you can get into trouble for just being in the US without authorization and deported never to be able to have the chance to legalize your status).

Legal experts agree that the RPI status applications process may optimistially begin in late 2014 or even early 2015.  In the meantime, all existing laws will continue to be enforced in their current form and ICE will continue to arrest individuals illegally in the country and deport them, along with those who are already in process of removal. Even the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (BSEOIM) has no provision to stop deportation before an immigrant achieves legal status even if that individual is eligible for it and or has even filed an application.  While it is not something that you should rely on but if you are being deported simply because of your illegal presence (and not for deportable offenses like felonies) in the country then you can plead your case before an immigration judge who maybe able to stop your removal if you have family members in the United States who are either citizens or permanent residents.

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