Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

DACA Dreamer

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 work authorization, the ability to apply for a social security number, and temporary protection from deportation.

In January 2019 it was reported that the Supreme Court was not likely to review in its current term the DACA program that shields young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.  This would leave in place the Obama-era initiative that the Trump administration has tried to end.

Information & Resources.

  • Eligible DACA Recipients Can Continue to Renew Applications
    With the Nov. 8 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals (see above), the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will continue to give roughly 685,000 DACA recipients a temporary reprieve from the Trump Administration’s efforts to end the program.  DACA renewal applications will continue to be accepted.
  • United We Dream’s Immigrant Protection Advocacy
    Deportation defense, accessing education for immigrants, protecting LGBTQ immigrants
  • Centro Legal de la Raza continues to hold General Immigration Clinics
    3rd Thursday of every month from 9-11 a.m. at 3022 International Blvd. #410, Oakland, CA
  • Ready California’s DACA renewal resources
    Fee assistance, legal help, events, hotline, volunteer opportunities
  • East Bay Community Law Center’s Immigration Program
    Full range of free legal services to low-income immigrants on immigration issues including adjustment of status, deportation, naturalization, political asylum, Special
  • Eligible DACA Recipients Can Continue to Renew Applications
    On Aug. 31, Judge Andrew Hanen in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, declined to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, giving roughly 685,000 DACA recipients a temporary reprieve from the Trump Administration’s efforts to end the program.   In his ruling, Judge Hanen said, "If the nation truly wants to have a DACA program, it is up to Congress to say so."
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