September 2017 DACA Information
DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) PROGRAM TERMINATED
September 8, 2017
On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program was created in 2012 under President Obama’s administration to allow undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children to be protected from deportation, stay in school and apply for work authorization. For now, DACA holders maintain DACA status until their work permit or employment authorization document (EAD) expires. Below is a brief summary of the changes to the DACA program:
- No new DACA applications will be accepted. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/USCIS will not accept or process first-time applications for DACA after September 5, 2017.
- If you had DACA on September 5th, you still have DACA. The Administration ended DACA on September 5th, however your DACA is valid until its expiration date. Both DACA and work permits/EAD will remain valid until their designated expiration date.
- USCIS will process initial or renewal applications for DACA if it was accepted by their lockbox office as of September 5, 2017. You should attend your biometric (fingerprint) appointment and respond to any request for evidence from USCIS.
- IF YOUR DACA AND WORK PERMIT IS SET TO EXPIRE BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 AND MARCH
5, 2018, YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO SUBMIT YOUR RENEWAL. IT MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 5, 2017. If you already have DACA and a work permit that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, and you want to renew it, you must file the renewal and have the application be accepted (not postmarked) by October 5, 2017.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
If you meet the guidelines set forth by DHS for renewal, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (CCAD) is available to provide legal assistance in this process. For this time period, CCAD Immigration Attorney, Emily Rebelskey, can assist to help file DACA renewals. Please contact our Cedar Rapids office at 319-364-7121 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible with Attorney Rebelskey.
For more information on DACA updates:
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque – www.catholiccharitiesdubuque.org
Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) – https://cliniclegal.org/daca
USCCB President, Vice President and Committee Chairmen Denounce Administration’s Decision to End DACA and Strongly Urge Congress to Find Legislative Solution
September 5, 2017
WASHINGTON— The President and Vice President along with Chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued a statement denouncing the Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after six months.
The following statement from USCCB President Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, along with USCCB Vice President, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angles, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chairman, Committee on Migration, and Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, chairman of the Subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees, and Travelers says the “cancellation of the DACA program is reprehensible.”
Over 780,000 youth received protection from the DACA program since its inception by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2012. DACA provided no legal status or government benefits but did provide recipients with temporary employment authorization to work in the United States and reprieve from deportation.
Full statement follows:
“The cancellation of the DACA program is reprehensible. It causes unnecessary fear for DACA youth and their families. These youth entered the U.S. as minors and often know America as their only home. The Catholic Church has long watched with pride and admiration as DACA youth live out their daily lives with hope and a determination to flourish and contribute to society: continuing to work and provide for their families, continuing to serve in the military, and continuing to receive an education. Now, after months of anxiety and fear about their futures, these brave young people face deportation. This decision is unacceptable and does not reflect who we are as Americans.
The Church has recognized and proclaimed the need to welcome young people: ‘Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me’ (Mark 9:37). Today, our nation has done the opposite of how Scripture calls us to respond. It is a step back from the progress that we need to make as a country. Today’s actions represent a heartbreaking moment in our history that shows the absence of mercy and good will, and a short-sighted vision for the future. DACA youth are woven into the fabric of our country and of our Church, and are, by every social and human measure, American youth.
We strongly urge Congress to act and immediately resume work toward a legislative solution. We pledge our support to work on finding an expeditious means of protection for DACA youth.
As people of faith, we say to DACA youth – regardless of your immigration status, you are children of God and welcome in the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church supports you and will advocate for you.”