Termination of DACA and Information for DACA Recipients

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration directed immigration agencies to phase out and terminate the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). DACA is a renewable, two-year immigration relief program for individuals who entered the country as undocumented children under the age of 16 and who meet other stringent eligibility requirements. The program was created by executive order under former-President Obama in 2012. Recipients of DACA, also known as "Dreamers," receive protection from deportation, are eligible for a temporary work permit, and can obtain a valid Social Security number. Since its inception, DACA has allowed almost 800,000 young immigrants to more fully participate in their communities as students and workers without fear of deportation. About 200,000 of those "Dreamers" live in the state of California.

Despite the announced phase-out, current DACA recipients will be allowed until their DACA status expires to hold their protected immigration status and work legally unless they pose a risk to public safety or national security or otherwise meet USCIS's guidelines to be issued a Notice to Appear. When their DACA expires, Dreamers will lose their work authorization and be subject to deportation. Moreover, employers do not have the right to terminate or suspend DACA recipients with current work authorization. If an employee's DACA status is nearing expiration, an employer may ask for an updated work permit but cannot legally take action against an employee for lack of work authorization until after the employee's work permit actually expires.

New applications for initial DACA requests are no longer being accepted; however, initial requests and renewals that were pending prior to September 5, 2017, will continue to be processed. Current DACA recipients whose status expires before March 5, 2018 may apply for a two-year renewal, but the request must be received by USCIS by October 5, 2017. Below is a list of community events and resources for those seeking to renew their status before the October 5, 2017 deadline.


Scholarships for DACA Renewals

· Mission Asset Fund

o What: Scholarships for DACA renewals across the country. MAF will issue a check for $495 made out to the Department of Homeland Security within 24-48 hours after a DACA applicant submits an application online. MAF will mail the check to the participant via USPS priority or express mail. Apply as early as possible.

o When: Through October 5, 2017

o Where: Anyone interested should apply through www.LC4DACA.org.

o Additional Information: Call 415-373-6014 or email programs@missionassetfund.org.

Free Clinics


o What: Free legal consultation, free application preparation, and limited financial assistance for filing fee. No appointment necessary.

o When: All Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in September, 2017 at 8am.

o Where: 2533 West 3rd Street, Suite 101, Los Angeles, California 90057; Tel: 888-624-4752

o Additional Information: http://www.chirla.org/content/what-you-can-do-now-help-daca-recipients-and-fight-dream-act

· Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles

o What: Free DACA renewal workshop (does not include filing fee).

o When: Every Thursday in September, 2017 from 3pm-6pm by appointment only.

o Where: 1145 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017; Tel.: 888-349-9695

o Additional Information: https://advancingjustice-la.org/daca


o What: Free DACA renewal service (does not include filing fee).

o When and Where:

§ 2845 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90005; Every Monday and Wednesday in September, 2017 from 8:30am - 4:30pm. No appointment necessary.

§ 16501 Sherman Way, Suite 220, Van Nuys, CA 91406; Monday thru Friday in September, 2017 from 2-5 pm (closed Sept 8). No appointment necessary.

§ Saturday events - call 213-814-5248 for an appointment: September 9, 2017 at 1501 E 41st St, Los Angeles and September 23, 2017 at Glendale Community College Garfield Campus.

§ Family Source Centers for City of Los Angeles residents by appointment only. Call (213) 385-7800 ext. 136 for information on this option.

o Additional Information: http://www.carecen-la.org/daca

· Catholic Charities of Los Angeles

o What: Free DACA renewal service by appointment only (does not include filing fee).

o When: September 15, 2017 at 9am or 1pm.

o Where: 1530 James M Wood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015; Tel.: 213-251-3529

o Additional Information: https://catholiccharitiesla.org/wp-content/uploads/09.15.2017-Renew-DACA-Flyer-FINAL.pdf

· Equality California

o What: Free assistance with DACA renewal (does not include filing fee).

o When: September 27, 2017 at 6pm by RSVP only.

o Where: LGBT Center OC, 305 E 4th Street, Suite 200, Santa Ana, CA 92701. RSVP to Luis Gomez at luis.gomez@lgbtcenteroc.org or 714-953-5428 x 502

o Additional Information: http://www.eqca.org/equality4all/community-events/

Service Fee Required

· Public Counsel

o What: Consultation and preparation of DACA renewal. See fees below.

o When: Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3pm-9pm and Sundays from 10am-6pm in September, 2017 by appointment only. Consultation is $50, $140 to prepare application packet plus filing fees.

o Where: 610 S Ardmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005; Tel.: 213-385-2977 x 404

o Additional Information: http://www.publiccounsel.org/pages/?id=0062

· Immigration Center for Women and Children

o What: Consultation and preparation of DACA renewal. See fees below.

o When: Every Monday - Friday in September, 2017 from 9am - 5pm by appointment only. Renewal consultation fee is $300 plus filing fee.

o Where: 634 S Spring St Suite 727, Los Angeles, CA 90014; Tel.: 213-614-1165

o Additional Information: http://icwclaw.org/services-available/deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals-daca/

· Centro C.H.A

o What: Preparation of DACA renewal. See fees below.

o When: By appointment only. Preparation of renewal packet $200 plus filing fees.

o Where: 190 Atlantic Ave 2nd Fl, Long Beach, CA 90806; Tel.: 562-570-4722

o Additional Information: http://www.centrocha.org/daca-services/

· Catholic Charities of Orange County

o What: Preparation of DACA renewal. See fees below.

o When: By appointment only. Preparation of renewal packet is $150 plus filing fees.

o Where: 1800 E. 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701; Tel.: 714-347-9610

o Additional Information: http://uploads.weconnect.com/mce/4707f92226a773ddf1b2602948b881004c8a96e9/SocialJustice/DACA%20%20Immigration%20services%20combined%20flyer.pdf

· United We Dream

o What: DACA Renewal Clinic. Service fee is unknown.

o When: September 22, 2017

o Where:

§ Own the Dream/Unete al Sueno, DREAM Team Los Angeles; L.A. Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015 from 9am-6pm.

§ Own the Dream with SFVDT, Panorama High School, 8015 Van Nuys Blvd, Panorama City, Ca 91402 from 11am-4pm

o Additional Information: Contact info@unitedwedream.org or visit https://unitedwedream.org/own-the-dream-events/

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