DACA

*Updated July 22, 2019*

Quick summary and infographics on the latest DACA updates (NEW)

Brief primer on what DACA even is

Links to more resources

 

Latest DACA Updates

Current Status of DACA

On June 28, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will decide the fate of the Obama-era DACA program in the fall of 2019. This means that any Supreme Court ruling regarding DACA would not come before 2020. The court said it would consolidate three appeals into one argument. The November 11th ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a decision that blocks the Trump administration from completely ending the DACA program. This November 11th ruling is still in effect. Thus, the nationwide injunction allowing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to continue is still in place.

While DACA is still currently legal, this ruling has not changed who is eligible to apply for the DACA program. If you have not had DACA in the past, you still cannot yet apply. 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.

The advocacy group United We Dream has these two graphics intended for DACA recipients:

Graphic (in Spanish) explaining current DACA policy.  Graphic (in English) explaining current DACA policy.

For more information on the specific process of how to re-apply or renew:

USCIS DACA Resource page

Immigrants Rising Steps to Renew DACA page

 

Free Legal Consultations

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and Colectiva Legal del Pueblo occasionally organize DACA renewal clinics in Seattle and across Washington.

If you are a current DACA recipient, we also recommend that you consult with an immigration attorney or accredited representative to explore whether you might qualify for another pathway to obtain immigration status. 

 

Financial Assistance for DACA Renewals

The University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity Funding for DACA Renewals page has compiled this list of financial assistance opportunities for immigrants who may not be able to afford the cost of renewing their DACA status.

 

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, resided in the U.S. since June 2007, and met other requirements. 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.

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it would be ending the program as of March 5, 2018. On January 10, 2018, a federal judge in California temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. On January 16, 2018, the Justice Department filed a notice of appeal with the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals and said it will also take the "rare step" of filing a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court. Then on February 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court declined that White House request, leaving the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporary injunction in place.

 

Links to Resources

NWIRP DACA Resource Guide

National Immigration Law Center DACA FAQ

21 Progress Leadership Development Opportunities

Here to Stay Comprehensive advocacy and resource guide

College Scholarships for "Dreamers" from thedream.us

Washington Law Help Healthcare Options for DACA recipients

 

Partners

21 Progress | Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) | Catholic Immigration Legal Services (CILS) | Colectiva Legal del Pueblo (Colectiva) Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center | Korean Community Service Center (KCSC) | Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) | Refugee Women's Alliance (ReWA) | Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union | South Park Information and Resource Center (SPIARC) | St. James Immigrant Assistance | Washington Dream Coalition (WDC)

 

Banner photo credit: Alabastro Photography.