The elimination of DACA for approximately 800,000 people in the United States is yet another in a long line of cruel, illogical and poorly thought-out decisions by the Trump Administration.
Through the DACA program, the recipients, who were brought here as children, could come out of the shadows and legally do what they have always done: Get a good education, work hard, and contribute to the economic, cultural and social value of the United States. Now, with this misguided decision, the Trump administration has chosen xenophobia over diversity; scapegoating over inclusion; and an economic policy that will negatively impact all Americans for years to come.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Here are the details from the new U.S. Department of Homeland Security Memorandum on Rescission of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals released today:
- No initial applications for DACA will be accepted as of today (9/5/2017)
- If you have a pending DACA initial request, that application will be adjudicated. So, most likely you will get that application approved. Your work permit will then be good for two years from date of approval.
- All those who have a pending renewal of their DACA status will have their renewal application adjudicated on an individual, case-by-case basis and receive a decision on that application. If approved for renewal, you will get another two year work permit.
- *All those whose benefits will expire between today (09/05/2017) and March 5, 2018 must file to renew their DACA by October 5, 2017. If you don’t, you will not get renewed and will not get a two year work permit.
- If your DACA expires after March 5, 2018, you will not be able to apply to renew your DACA and work permit.
SHILLER PREYAR LAW OFFICES WILL HELP YOU WITH YOUR DACA RENEWAL APPLICATION FOR FREE UNTIL OCTOBER 5, 2017!
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT THIS
There has been no information that would lead us to believe that ICE will use your DACA information to attempt to place you in deportation court. So, don’t panic. Organize! There are several very active groups throughout the Chicago area who have been organizing around not only DACA but also comprehensive immigration reform.
Join with them to pressure your Congressperson and our two U.S. Senators from Illinois, to introduce, work for and pass through Congress the Dream Act.
For a list of U.S. House of Representatives go to:
Particularly, call the Republican members of the Illinois Delgation who have stated opposition to the Dream Act in the past and the few Democrats who have done the same.
Senator Richard Durbin’s information:
Senator Tammy Duckworth’s information: