DACA

*Updated October 22, 2020*

The information on this page does not, and is not intended to, constitute as legal advice. Instead, all content below is provided for general informational purposes only.

 

Cities for DACA Campaign

A graphic showing undocumented Americans living their lives freely.The Cities for DACA Campaign makes clear that DACA recipients strengthen the social and institutional fabric of our cities by highlighting recipients’ stories and the positive contributions they make to communities across the country, as well as the negative consequences that ending DACA would have nationwide. The campaign also seeks to ensure that DACA recipients and impacted communities have accurate information about the program, and know how to access local and national resources and services.

Learn more about how municipalities across the U.S. are #CITIESFORDACA.

Current Status of DACA

On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration is not permitted to immediately proceed with its plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows individuals who were brought into the U.S. as children to become eligible for both a work permit and deferred action from deportation. Thus, the DACA program remains legal.

However, in defiance of the Supreme Court ruling and a subsequent Maryland Federal District Court ruling, the Trump Administration announced that it would not accept new applications for the DACA program. Despite USCIS rejecting all initial applications for now, some advocates recommend that first-time applicants should still submit applications for DACA in an attempt to pursue a litigation strategy. Other advocates like the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) recommend not "submitting an initial application for someone who has not had DACA until any legal challenges have resolved this question."

If you have previously been granted DACA and remain eligible, you can still apply. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is currently accepting DACA renewal applications, as well as applications from DACA-eligible community members whose DACA status has expired. Unfortunately, USCIS has also announced that they are limiting renewals to just one year, instead of two.

Additionally, DHS would be restricting requests for permission to travel abroad, (known as "advance parole") for current DACA recipients, unless in cases of "exceptional circumstances."

If you need assistance renewing your DACA status or if you would like to talk with a legal service provider about potential other options to adjust your status, a number of community-based organizations are offering free assistance to applicants. See below.

If you want to renew your DACA on your own, here is more information on the specific process of how to re-apply or renew:

 

Free Legal Clinics and Consultations

DACA remains legal for now. But there is already another attempt to eliminate this program. That's why, if you are a current or past DACA recipient or are DACA-eligible, we recommend that you consult with an immigration attorney or accredited representative. The organizations below are offering free legal help to qualified DACA recipients and undocumented immigrants, including consultations, screenings, and other legal assistance.

 

Financial Assistance for DACA Renewals

If you need financial assistance to pay for the cost of renewing your DACA application, the below organizations may be able to help:

  • El Centro de la Raza in partnership with OIRA is offering DACA renewal fee scholarship funds are also now to individuals who reside in, or work in, or go to school in Seattle. To apply and learn more, please visit: elcentrodelaraza.org/get-help/daca. FUNDS STILL AVAILABLE!
  • Express Credit Union offers a DACA Loan for DACA recipients who need help affording the renewal fee.
  • GoFundMe has launched an effort to help DACA recipients crowdfund to raise money for the renewal fee.
  • The Mexican Consulate in Seattle is offering financial assistance to DACA recipients of Mexican origin. Learn more from Consulado de México en Seattle or the closest Mexican consulate near you, as you may be able to receive assistance.
  • Seattle Credit Union offers a DACA Loan for DACA recipients who need help affording the renewal fee.
  • The University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity has compiled this list of financial assistance opportunities for immigrants who may not be able to afford the cost of renewing their DACA status.

 

Mental Health Resources for DACA Recipients

 

About DACA

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was established by President Obama in 2012. It granted a form of temporary relief from deportation known as "deferred action" to undocumented youth who came to the U.S. before the age of 16, who resided in the U.S. since June 2007, and who met other requirements. DACA also provides eligibility for these same individuals to receive a work permit. DACA status is renewable every two years.

More than 800,000 undocumented youth nationwide received this temporary relief. In Washington, approximately 18,000 undocumented youth are DACA recipients, and we estimate about one-third to half of them live in Seattle-King County.

The City of Seattle is a proud municipal supporter of the #HomeIsHere campaign.

A DACA-recipient at a protest.