On September 5th, 2017 lives were changed and families grew in distress for their foreseeable future due to the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, commonly known as DACA. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on behalf of the Trump administration the repeal of DACA, this repeal being put into effect immediately. DACA is an American immigration policy allowing individuals, at the age of 16 or younger, who entered or remained in the country illegally to receive a renewable two year period from deportation while gaining eligibility to work via a work permit. DACA was more than just a government policy to the 800,000 families it’s assisted since being put into effect in 2012, it provides them the opportunity to build a life in the United States while providing the security and comfort from being deported. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy allows an individual to obtain a valid driver’s license, enroll in college and legally secure jobs, helping families create the life they’ve always wanted.
October 5th, 2017 is a deadline that’s putting DACA recipients, both families and individuals, into despair that they may be facing deportation and separation from their loved ones. The deadline of October 5th requires any DACA recipient to have their renewal applications completed and financially compensated. Financially this renewal process is one of the main concerns regarding this immediate repeal, each application fee is costing an individual $495 to renew their status. This application fee is throwing families into a financial crisis and for those in need, finding financial aid immediately is their only answer. There are many groups all around America providing loans and multiple forms of financial aid to those who are eligible to renew in a timely manner. There are resources available throughout the U.S. in hopes to help any DACA individual and family in need including services, clinics, fundraisers and consulates providing all their efforts to assist those in need.
The foreseeable future is unknown for the 180,000 DACA recipients in the United States as they face this abrupt time for themselves and their families. The Department of Homeland Security is no longer granting permission to travel abroad through Advance Parole. Resulting in this repeal, traveling outside of the United States is no longer their reality.
No one is alone during this hectic time, to those who know someone going through this or to those who would like to help with the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. Resources and information are available for those looking to learn more about the DACA repeal and what DACA recipients’ realities may become. To view additional resources about this repeal and how America is helping in ways it can, please view resources below.
If you are in need to renew your DACA application by October 5th, please act now at: https://goo.gl/BDvFSJ.
Written by: Cristo Rey’s Fall 2017 Intern Zoey Berghoff