A Basic Overview of Deferred Action in Immigration Law Update

(640 Ratings)

Produced on: June 15, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Beginner
This seminar provides an update to a 2015 Lawline.com course on the subject of Deferred Action and other Executive Orders. In light of new enforcement guidelines about immigration priorities, presenters will revisit the topic of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) and Deferred Action for Parents of American citizens and lawful permanent residents (“DAPA”).  

This year, several Executive Orders have been issued relating to immigration priorities. The course will focus on the orders that relate to internal enforcement. Specifically, presenters will describe some of the key provisions of the new enforcement priorities as laid out in the Executive Orders and a subsequent Department of Homeland Security policy memorandum.   

Join attorneys Careen Shannon, Lisa Koenig, and Danny Alicea as they discuss the impact that the new immigration priorities have had on current and potential DACA holders. They will also juxtapose the immigration enforcement priorities that were in place during the 2015 course against the new immigration priorities.  

As a result of broadened immigration priorities that focus on increased immigration enforcement, presenters will also discuss certain on-the-ground trends, such as increased community advocacy, Know Your Rights trainings, and Sanctuary Cities. Pro bono departments of major law firms continue to provide extensive assistance with immigration matters for indigent clients, including rallying at international airports in response to the Executive Orders refugee and travel ban, and continued participation in immigration and emergency planning clinics.   

UPDATE: After this program was taped, the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") announced that it was rescinding the DAPA program, which had been enjoined by a federal court and had never gone into effect. Similarly, DHS is rescinding the expansion of DACA which had been announced in 2014 in conjunction with the policy memorandum which would have implemented DAPA. However, the initial DACA program remains in effect, and individuals who qualify for deferred action under the terms of that program may still apply for protection from deportation.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Revisit history of Deferred Action, DACA, and DAPA
  2. Compare 2017 vs. 2015 enforcement priorities
  3. Discuss on-the-ground trends relating to increased immigration enforcement
  4. Share information about ways attorneys and community based organizations have organized in support of immigrant communities (know your rights trainings, info sessions, emergency planning clinics) 


Lisa Koenig

Fragomen Worldwide

Lisa has more than two decades of experience working exclusively as a business immigration lawyer. She serves as a trusted advisor and counselor who shepherds her clients successfully through a complex, dynamic, and often bureaucratic environment, enabling her clients to achieve their immigration goals.

Lisa’s practice includes providing programmatic and strategic support to mid-cap and large multinational companies seeking to leverage the U.S. immigration system to transfer key talent to the U.S. using temporary nonimmigrant visas, as well as sponsoring others for green cards, and ultimately U.S. citizenship.

She also works regularly with in-house general counsel, corporate human resource professionals and private individuals to enable them to maintain recruiting and hiring programs that are compliant with the range of applicable governmental regulations.

Her practice also includes counseling private investors and start-up companies on the specific immigration options available to achieve their personal and business needs as they relate to their immigration status.

Drawing upon her extensive experience in the field with a range of different industries, Lisa offers her clients a broad holistic view that enables her clients to integrate and coordinate the myriad of strategic issues involved in an international assignment to the United States, including coordinating with tax and mobility professionals, and corporate human resource professionals, among others.

Danny Alicea

Fragomen Worldwide

Danny is the current Fragomen Fellow. Sponsored full-time by Fragomen, the Fellow is embedded within the City Bar Justice Center in New York City’s Bar Association. He is charged with increasing access to pro bono immigration counsel through direct representation, community outreach, and mentoring of pro bono attorneys.


As the Fellow, Danny provides support to the Justice Center’s Refugee Assistance Project and the Immigrant Women and Children Project. He also regularly fields inquiries through the Justice Center’s legal hotline and directly represents asylum-seekers, immigration applicants, and Respondents in removal proceedings.


Danny directs and oversees the New York City Immigrant Advocacy Initiative (NYCIAI). In this capacity, he recruits, trains, and mentors volunteer immigration attorneys for immigration consultation clinics throughout New York City. He also mentors pro bono attorneys from leading law firms as well as in solo and small firm practice.


Danny has over six years of humanitarian and family-based immigration experience. Prior to joining Fragomen, Danny served as Pro Bono Coordinator at Immigration Equality, where he managed the national pro bono LGBT asylum program and was a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative.


During law school, Danny served as the Editor-in-Chief of the City University of New York Law Review and as an Executive Board Member of the Latin American Law School Association. He interned in the immigration units of the HIV Law Project, NYLAG, and the New York Immigration Court.


Danny worked as a pro bono coordinator for Immigration Equality from 2008 to 2010 and from 2013 to 2014.

Danny speaks English and Spanish.

Careen Shannon

Fragomen Worldwide

Careen Shannon is a Partner based in the New York office of Fragomen Worldwide, the world’s largest law firm focusing on U.S. and global immigration law. Careen also serves as the firm’s Director of Communications, and plays a key role in managing best practices and communications for the firm in the U.S. and around the world.

A frequent speaker and writer, Careen has spoken before numerous bar associations, professional organizations, human resources groups and nonprofit immigrant advocacy organizations, and has written countless articles and blogs on immigration law topics for a variety of legal, human resources, global mobility, academic and mainstream publications. She is the co-author, with Austin T. Fragomen, Jr. and Daniel Montalvo, of a number of legal handbooks and treatises published by Thomson Reuters/West and the Practising Law Institute.

Careen is deeply dedicated to pro bono work, and in 2014 she spearheaded Fragomen’s nationwide effort to provide pro bono legal services to unaccompanied minors and to immigrant women and children detained near the U.S.-Mexico border. She serves on the Board of Directors of Safe Passage Project, a nonprofit organization in New York whose mission is to ensure that no child appears in immigration court without a lawyer.

For more than a decade (2004-2015), Careen was also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she taught a survey course on U.S. immigration law, and served as Director of the Immigration Law Field Clinic and taught an associated seminar.

Careen obtained her J.D. from the public interest-oriented City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law in 1989, and her B.A. (in English, French and East Asian Studies) from Oberlin College in 1981. She studied abroad in Denmark, France and Japan, and spent a law school winter term in Cuba.

Careen is fluent in English and Danish, proficient in French, and has a working knowledge of Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish and Japanese.


Henry V.

Great tips!

Kelly R.

Very helpful to a pro bono practitioner

Iliana P.

Excellent presentation !

Erin B.

Bravo! Well presented... provided a perspective on past and present situation. Really nice! Thanks for doing this.

Barbara N.

Great presentation

Eric C.

Solid performance.

John A.

Knowledgeable and concise.

Lynda S.

Very informative.

Beth S.

This is such an important topic. Glad to have an overview on it.

Jeffrey Thorn T.

I enjoyed the multi-presenter format.

Louis C.

One of the best so far.

Aicha C.

Great. Keep up the good work

Todd P.

Very clear and detailed.

Mattie A.


Linda N.

best panel .

John H.

Very timely

Cullen M.

Very topical and engaging. Practical application advice. Inspired me to want to go into immigration law.

Olga A.

clear and concise

Joan F.

Very much appreciated the practicality of the info. Hats off to these folks for their hard work.

Paul P.

Thank you.

Lou Ann B.

Very informative. I liked the format of the moderator controlling the flow of information.

David S.

Lawline has BY FAR the most patient and effective para-legal help I ever had pleasure working. DAS

William D.

Provided current, useful, and informative information on an issue outside of my practice area - I know now where to find referral resources to aid those in immediate need. - Thank you,

Laura M.

The contact information provided at the end on being able to locate detainees will be valuable. Thank you.

Karen S.

Very good update of DACA & enforcement under Trump Administration!

Julie P.


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