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.

Last year the Department of Homeland Security announced it would stop accepting DACA applications from people who do not already have DACA. Persons who do have DACA and whose work permits expire by March 5, 2018, were able to apply for a two-year renewal if they applied 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. In our county, 1 in 5 residents is an immigrant, and roughly 3 out of 4 of them are documented.  Alameda County strongly supports all residents and therefore officially (through our Board of Supervisors) adopted a”Welcoming County” resolution. This is in concert with California’s status as a Sanctuary State for immigrants.

The Rise of Sanctuary (Immigrant Legal Resource Center - Jan. 2018)

Immigration and Public Health: An Issue Brief (Alameda County Public Health Department – July 2017)

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