Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Following the results of last week’s presidential election, the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program remains uncertain. Authorized through executive action by President Obama in the summer of 2012, the DACA program grants temporary protection from deportation and lawful employment to certain undocumented individuals who came to the United States before their sixteenth birthday.
Given the current situation, Advancing Justice-LA is halting initial applications for the DACA program as well as applications for those who wish to travel abroad on Advance Parole. Assistance will still be provided to current DACA recipients who insist on filing a renewal application, although Advancing Justice-LA cautions that there is no guarantee of an adjudication or the production of a renewed employment authorization card.
To aid current DACA recipients and other undocumented immigrants, Advancing Justice-LA will continue to offer free immigration screenings for those who wish to get more information about other immigration remedies they may be eligible for, such as family-based immigration, asylum, U-Visa, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS).
In addition, all qualified legal permanent residents are encouraged to apply immediately for U.S. citizenship, as citizenship offers the greatest protection to immigrants. Individuals with complex issues are strongly advised to consult with an immigration attorney or accredited representative before filing any application.
Advancing Justice-LA has developed Know Your Rights fact sheets for the community, which provides important information about applying for or renewing DACA through January 20, 2017. It also provides tips on how to be prepared under President-elect Trump’s administration.
ILRC's Famly Preparedness Plan
The Immigrants Legal Rights Center (ILRC) has created a Family Preparedness Plan to help immigrant and mixed status families in this time with many unknowns. Please access the plan here and share widely.
Drive CA Coalition
The Drive CA Coalition has released Know Your Rights flyers for recipients of driver's licenses under AB 60. The flyers are avaiable below: