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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.

 

Current Status of DACA

On July 16, 2021, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas ruled that President Barack Obama exceeded his authority when he created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by executive action in 2012. Essentially, he ruled that the DACA program is unlawful, but put part of that decision is on hold, which means that people who already have DACA will not be immediately impacted by this ruling. Current DACA recipients are able to keep their work permits and can continue to renew them while the anticipated legal processes continue to play out. Individuals seeking to renew their DACA status should continue to follow the same renewal application procedures, including biometrics appointments.

The court's decision most impacts people who are eligible for DACA, but who have not already been approved for the program. The ruling prohibits the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from approving any new DACA applications for anyone applying for the first time. This means that if you have submitted an initial DACA application or wish to submit an initial DACA application, DHS will accept your application, but will not be able to approve your application.

In summary:

  • All individuals whose DACA requests were granted prior July 16, 2021 will continue to have DACA status and will continue to be eligible to renew their DACA status and to request and receive advance parole.
  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will continue to accept the filing of initial DACA applications. However, DHS is prohibited from approving these initial DACA applications and employment authorization associated with such requests.
  • President Joe Biden has announced that the Department of Justice intends to appeal the decision and has called on Congress to pass legislation granting DACA-eligible individuals a pathway to citizenship.

Updates on DACA are likely to continue changing. Please stay informed on the latest DACA information.

You can also read this community advisory or watch this video (available both in English and in Spanish) from the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) that explains the court ruling and its impacts on DACA-eligible individuals.

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.

 

Free Legal Clinics and Consultations

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:

  • In-State Tuition and Financial Aid: Washington State offers in-state tuition and some form of state financial aid to undocumented students. Learn more here.
  • 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.

 

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.