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23/01/2015: DACA FORUM

22 January 2015

DACA Forum. The Embassy co-organized a forum promoting the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs at the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community College last January 15. Among the speakers was Consul General Emil Fernandez. DAPA and the expanded DACA were among the immigration relief measures announced by President Barack Obama on November 20, 2014. It is estimated that these programs will provide an opportunity for as many as 5 million immigrants to remain in the U.S. lawfully and work with authorization for 3 years. The activity was supported by BB&T, an American financial institution with branches throughout the U.S. Southeast, the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and law firms, Valverde & Rowell and Gardner & Mendoza, whose principal partner, Radlyn Mendoza, is a daughter of Filipino immigrants.