DACA: What now?

Disclaimer: Gipe Holmes PC is not an immigration law firm and does not directly represent DACA individuals or families in their work authorization / immigration cases.  However, DACA issues may overlap with family law issues, so we share this information with a strong suggestion to speak with an attorney in the immigration field if the termination of DACA will / would directly impact your life and your family's lives greatly.

On September 5, 2017 the Trump administration announced they would be ending the DACA program in the next 6 months (March 5, 2018)

About Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The DACA program was established in 2012 as a temporary solution for millions of undocumented immigrants who have grown up in the United States but, due to Congress’s failure to pass a fair immigration reform bill, had no opportunity to legalize their immigration status. In the program’s five-year history, DACA provided a temporary work authorization and a reprieve from deportation to nearly 800,000 men and women who met the program’s stringent requirements. Because of DACA, individuals remained with and supported their families in the United States, completed their educations, launched careers, bought homes, and participated in society without fear that they may suddenly be exiled from the only home they have ever known.

Should I renew my DACA status?

Anyone who's current DACA status expires between now and March 5, 2018 should renew as long as they have not been:

  • Arrested
  • Charged with a crime
  • Spent time in jail
  • Had any contact with police, immigration, border patrol or other arresting authorities

legal help

Legal help with renewals is available. Clinics are being set up by the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and others. For more information visit the NIJC website.

Note: DACA clinics are free but applicants must pay $465 for filing fees to US immigration.

Information provided by the National Immigrant Justice Center on the termination of the DACA program, as well as next steps and resources for people affected by this announcement.

 Go to: Trump's termination of DACA program

Click the link below for information on the termination of the DACA program from the US immigration website also known as USCIS.

 Go to: DACA program termination process

Click the link below to go to the Frequently Asked Questions section for the DACA program on the US immigration website, also known as USCIS.

 Go to: USCIS: Frequently asked questions on DACA

Information shared from Illinois Legal Aid Online.

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