Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

On Sept. 5th the Trump Administration announced that it is terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACA was established in 2012 as an immigration option for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before the age of 16. Although DACA does not provide a pathway to lawful permanent residence, it does provide temporary protection from deportation, work authorization, and the ability to apply for a social security number.

Per the announcement about the termination of DACA, the Department of Homeland Security will stop accepting DACA applications (i.e., from people who don’t already have DACA). People who already have DACA and whose work permits expire between now and March 5, 2018, will be able to apply for a two-year renewal if they apply by October 5, 2017.

California has the highest number of DACA recipients in the nation (an estimated 223,000). Given this, the decision to end DACA will undoubtedly have effects throughout our Alameda County communities. On our ACPHD internet and intranet sites we have posted a list of resources for those with questions and who are in need of support around DACA. We encourage staff to share these resources widely to ensure that they reach those in need.

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