DACA Update: Important October 5, 2017 Deadline for Renewals
Today President Trump announced that he is ending the DREAMer program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 6 months. The hopes and dreams of nearly 800,000 young people brought to the U.S. as children are on the line. This cruel and shameful attack on America’s young immigrants seeks to fuel Trump’s anti-immigrant and racist agenda. But we will not back down. The fight for immigrant justice continues.
DACA recipients, their friends, families, and communities should keep the following things in mind to protect their rights:
You can renew your current DACA status only if:
- Your application for renewal is accepted by October 5, 2017, and
- Your DACA status expires between September 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018
The DHS Q&A issued on September says that renewal applications must be accepted by October 5, 2017, and that all requests to renew DACA filed after October 5, 2017 will be rejected. To be safe, it’s important to apply for your renewal as soon as possible and no later than October 5, 2017 if you are eligible. If you do not apply by October 5, 2017, you will lose your $495 filing fee and your DACA status will end without being renewed. You may decide to consult with a reputable immigration attorney before filing a DACA renewal – but you must file by October 5, 2017. See http://iamerica.org/find-legal-help for a list of legal services organizations.
Current DACA status is valid until its expiration date
If you have DACA status that is valid after March 5, 2018, your DACA will continue to be valid until its expiration date even though DHS announced that the DACA program is ending. Your employment authorization card, or a DACA notice of approval includes your DACA expiration date.
First-time DACA applications will not be accepted as of September 5, 2017
DHS stated that it will no longer accept first-time applications for DACA as of September 5, 2017. If you do not have DACA status as of September 5, 2017 you are not eligible to apply for it for the first time. If you applied for DACA for the first time before September 5, 2017, your application will be processed.
DACA and advance parole
Advance parole applications, permission to travel outside the U.S., will not be accepted as of September 5, 2017. Pending applications for advance parole will be rejected. It’s important not to travel outside the U.S. without advance parole. If you were granted advance parole and have not yet traveled, it’s important to consult with a reputable immigration attorney before traveling.
Eligibility for another type of immigration status
Many people who have DACA are eligible for other types of immigration status and benefits. To see a partial list of possible immigration options go to iAmerica at http://iamerica.org/find-legal-help and then consult with a reputable immigration attorney or legal services organization
Proof of DACA status
It’s important to keep proof that you have been granted DACA with you. A copy of your employment authorization card, or a notice of approval will prove that you have been granted DACA.
Rights under the U.S. Constitution
All people in the U.S. have certain rights under the U.S. Constitution. For Know Your Rights information go to http://iamerica.org/know-your-rights
The fight to protect DACA continues.
Reputable legal help –not notaries
To find reputable immigration attorneys and legal services organizations, go to http://iamerica.org/find-legal-help. Avoid scammers and notaries who claim to be able to help you.
What Do I Need to Know About the End of DACA
(Immigrant Legal Resource Center) – https://www.ilrc.org/what-do-i-need-know-about-end-daca-community-advisory-september-5-2017
Top 5 Things to Know About President Trump’s Announcement to End DACA
(United We Dream) – http://weareheretostay.org/resources/daca-update-five-things-you-should-know/
Learn About Ways to Fight Back
(United We Dream) – http://weareheretostay.org/
Here you will find DACA termination FAQs, Workplace Rights After DACA Rescission, Mental Health Resources, Guide to Working for Yourself, and a Guide to ITIN’s, EIN’s, and Taxes
(United We Dream) – http://weareheretostay.org/resources/
About DACA and Employment (National Immigration Law Center) –
There are key lawmakers who are the swing votes we need to secure passage of the Dream Act and provide Dreamers with a pathway to permanent legal status and citizenship. Call and tweet at them now to let them know Dreamers are not bargaining chips!
(Center for American Progress)- https://dreamacttoolkit.org/
What To Do If ICE Agents Come to Your Door
(American Civil Liberties Union) – https://www.aclusocal.org/en/know-your-rights/ice-agents-your-door
Download your Know Your Rights Card in English / Spanish
More Information on TPS, Citizenship, DACA, and Other Legal Resources – in multiple languages
(iAmerica) – http://iamerica.org/resources
DACA NALEO National Bilingual Hotline: 1-844-411-DACA
CHIRLA’s CA Hotline: 1-888-6CHIRLA
DACA Renewal Scholarships
Mission Asset Fund is a San Francisco-based nonprofit with a long history of supporting Dreamers, is now providing $495 scholarships so DACA recipients can safely renew their status by the October 5 deadline. Dreamers can apply for scholarship by clicking here and receive a check made out to the Department of Homeland Security within 48 hours.
*Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Pro Bono Legal Services:
*SEIU Local 2015 does not endorse or recommend any of the entities listed below, these are simply a list of information and/or pro-bono legal resources available.
Click here for a list of pro bono legal service providers.
The California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation is providing FREE legal assistance for DACA renewal application until DHS stops receiving applications on 10/05/2017. Applicants will be assisted by appointment only:
- Every Wednesday and Friday in Sacramento
- Every Thursday in Stockton
- Also offering remote application review/assistance for individual living outside Sacramento or San Joaquin counties.
To make an in-person or remote assistance appointment, please call (916) 446-7901.
Three Actions You Can Take:
- Join a Rally, click here.
- Call on Congress, click here.
- Hashtag to join the digital conversation are #heretostay #DreamAct
Three Reasons Your Members of Congress Should Support the Dream Act by America Action:
- Passing the Dream Act is about our communities and our values.
America made a promise to Dreamers that if they stayed in school, graduated and got a job that they’d be safe from deportation. We do not go back on our promises. Dreamers are part of our communities. They are teachers in our schools, soldiers in our military, first responders who are there for us when we need them most. They are our neighbors, our co-workers, our classmates and our friends.
- Passing the Dream Act makes good economic sense.
Passing the Dream Act actually makes America more profitable – by a whopping $22.7 billion every year or $281 billion over ten years to our Gross Domestic Product. How? It’s simple. When we make it possible for Dreamers to work here legally and give them the chance to become citizens they are more productive, and when they are more productive, America wins.Researchers at Center for American Progress actually think the number could be much higher – as high as $728.4 billion over a decade. Why? Because to qualify they have to go to school, creating an “education bump” that benefits us all. What does this mean for the average person? CAP calculated that passing the Dream Act would give Americans a raise of anywhere between $82 and $273, annually on a per capita basis.
- America firmly supports Dreamers.
Polls show that Americans support Dreamers by wide margins. A recent Washington Post poll found that 86% of Americans support allowing Dreamers to stay in the United States legally. A recent poll by Politico showed similar results with 58% supporting legislation that gives Dreamers a path to Citizenship and 76% when you add in people who believe that Dreamers should be allowed to become legal residents. And to top it off, 69% of Republicans agree.
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