DACA

Updated September 13, 2017

With the Trump Administration’s announcement that it is phasing out DACA, there is a lot of anxiety among our immigrant communities, and a need for more information. Here is what we know at this point. This is not legal advice, but just information gleaned from the USCIS announcement on its website:

  • If you already applied: the government is going to process all initial DACA applications that it received by September 5.
  • Renewals: if someone has a DACA work permit (employment authorization document, or EAD) expires between now and March 2018, that person may file to renew it, but MUST file their renewal by OCTOBER 5!
  • Revocation: Existing work permits will be honored throughout their period of validity
  • Travel: Those with DACA will no longer be granted “advanced parole” to travel outside the country. Existing parole documents will “generally” be honored. (As always, advanced parole has some degree of uncertainty to it.)

More resources:

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is holding a webinar on September 7 to provide information. ILRC also has this excellent factsheet on next steps for those with DACA. The Arizona State University library has developed a wonderful research guide to DACA as well.

The stress and anxiety of this time are palpable. #HereToStay has put together an emergency mental health toolkit with valuable resources.

Want to help?

  • Reassure those with DACA that they still have status today through the time their work permits expire–and in the meantime, we will all be fighting hard to find other solutions for them, including by pushing Congress to act.
  • Contact your representative and Senators immediately, and tell them to pass the DREAM Act.
  • Donate to scholarships for undocumented students through Self Made Scholars (which funds Maryland, DC, and Virginia students).
  • Ask friends at local schools and universities if they know any DACAmented students who need help to pay the $495 renewal fee.
  • In Maryland, remind people that Maryland’s Dream Act, which provides in-state tuition to undocumented Maryland high school graduates, is still in effect. Many other states have comparable provisions.
  • We will publish information about DACA-related workshops that need volunteer attorneys and law students as that information becomes available.