On January 19, the U.S. Senate voted to reopen the federal government without the DREAM Act. The new budget deadline is now February 8 but we are out of time.
Every day 122 youth lose their DACA status. Every day 122 youth are at-risk of deportation. With this vote, senators voted for more deportations.
Our elected officials failed once again to stand up for our immigrant community.
Immigrant youth need real solutions now, and they need security. Trump chose to end DACA. Trump caused the government shutdown. We need our elected officials to fight for a permanent solution for undocumented people through inclusion in a CR agreement.
Are you a DACA recipient? Are you a parent of a DACA recipient? Here are some important things you need to know!
1. On January 9, Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ordered a halt to the federal government’s termination of DACA. This means if you were granted DACA, you can submit an application to RENEW your DACA. As of right now, you CANNOT APPLY as a new applicant.
2. Apply as soon as possible. There is no deadline, but the Trump Administration is already looking into appealing the court decision that means the window to renew may not last long.
3. If your DACA expired before September 5, 2016, you can request to renew your DACA but you must fill out an initial application. If DHS cut your DACA and your DACA issuance short, you can renew your DACA, but you must fill out an initial DACA application.
4. If your DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016, you may submit a DACA renewal application. The application requires filling out and submitting the same forms as before: Form I-821D, Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization, and Form I-765WS Worksheet.
5. If you will renew your DACA under this latest policy update, we urge you to speak to an immigration attorney first.
6. To renew your DACA, you can go to these organizations to renew. They are able to provide legal guidance as well:
Instituto del Progreso Latino
National Immigrant Justice Center
Chicago Law and Education Foundation