DACA HAS BEEN FULLY RESTORED!
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has restored DACA to how it was before the Trump Administration tried to end it. This means that as of December 7, 2020, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is:
Accepting new DACA applications
Continuing to accept DACA renewal applications
Accepting applications from DACA grantees for advance parole
Extending to two years any DACA protections and work permits it had granted for one year.
In June 2020, the US Supreme Court decided that Trump's attempt to end DACA in September 2017 was improper. Instead of fully restoring DACA, DHS instead announced that it would limit DACA protections to one year, reject new applications, and make other changes. On November 14, 2020 a federal court ruled that these attempts to change DACA were invalid, and on December 4 that court ordered DHS to fully restore DACA.
DACA STILL THREATENED!
Texas and several other states have sued to end DACA, arguing that President Obama did not have the authority to create the program in 2012. The judge in the case has not ruled in the case.
The Biden administration issued a memo on January, 20, 2021, stating that it will “preserve and fortify” DACA.
The US House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act (HR 6), which would provide a path to citizenship for many immigrants who have or qualify for DACA. The bill would also bar many immigrants who have previous criminal convictions or who are accused of posing threats to public safety or being involved in gangs. That bill is awaiting action in the US Senate.
City Colleges is a resource for the DACA education eligibility - “Proof of currently enrolled in school or High School diploma (current transcripts or enrollment in a GED program)”. Apply now for the tuition-free classes and enroll in the GED (High School Equivalency) preparation program. Please visit the online ADED application at ccc.edu/adulted.
Please visit our Events page for a listing of upcoming DACA information sessions and workshops.
Please visit our Protection page for links to legal, mental health, and other community resources.
Our Family Support Hotline is available to provide information, referrals, and live responses to deportation-related crises, including consultations with mental health professionals: 855-HELP-MY-FAMILY (855) 435-7693.
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Organizations Currently Processing DACA Initials & Renewals:
Catholic Charities- The Community Center
671 S. Lewis Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085
Family Focus -Cicero
2910 N. Sawyer, Chicago, IL 60618