The media has been full of reports
regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, otherwise known as DACA.
It is important get the information from reliable sources on this important
issue, which is why we are attempting to provide you with the facts of this policy
and the resources to utilize to stay informed and updated.
What is DACA?
DACA is an immigration policy created
to support young people brought to the United States before the age of 16
without documentation in order to receive permits that would allow them to
study, work and obtain driver’s licenses over a two-year period and defer
deportation. This policy was established
under President Obama in 2012 and required that applicants be enrolled in
school or serve in the military in order to apply. It also required a clean criminal
record. The permits have been eligible
for renewal at the end of each two-year period.
Since 2012, there have been 800,000
recipients often referred to as Dreamers because of the Dream Act that
initiated the development of this policy.
The number of applicants soliciting DACA has dropped significantly over
time and most applications have become renewals.
Why is DACA in the
Earlier this month, the White House
announced that DACA would not be renewed—the official announcement can be found
Without legislative action by Congress, the program will end on March 5th,
2018. What this means for current DACA
recipients is the following:
new applications will be accepted.
are accepting reapplications for current recipients whose permits expire between
September 5th, 2017 and March 5th, 2018. These individuals have until Oct. 5th, 2017 to reapply
for a permit that would extend their status for another 2 years.
March 5th, 2018, the program will phase out as permits expire.
What do you need to
know moving forward?
this is the final day to submit renewals for DACA. This only applies to current recipients of
DACA whose permits expire by March 5th, 2018. This is critical to continue coverage for
another 2 years. If you or someone you
know needs help with their renewal (including help with the renewal application
fee), Unidos US has a listing of
places by state that can assist.
This is the final date for the termination of DACA in its current form. The president has given Congress until that
date to make a decision on how best to support young people covered under DACA
after that date.
Looking for ways to
Disseminate information to your
community about DACA, the upcoming deadlines and where to get help.
Help youth renew their application. Applications are being accepted here.
Donate to local organizations helping
students pay for the reapplication. You can also donate here.
If you are a lawyer, interpreter, or
mental health worker, you can volunteer time to support DACA recipients going
through this process.
Call your local representative. If you need help identifying yours, you can check
DACA Renewal Scholarships at Lending Circle 4 DACA
Citizenship and Immigration Services