DACA Resources

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CURRENT STATUS OF DACA

**Page last updated 1/5/2021**

DACA HAS BEEN RESTORED!

On December 4, 2020, a federal judge in New York ruled in favor of DACA recipients!:

The top updates are: 

  1. The order instructs the government to revert the DACA program back to its original form
    • If you never had DACA and are eligible, you can apply for the first time
    • Advance Parole is back in its original form
    • Anyone who recieved a 1-year renewal of their DACA will automatically have their protections extended to two years
    • DACA renewals for those who have DACA or have ever had DACA remain open
  2. When does this happen? IMMEDIATELY.
    • We recommend you consult a lawyer or trusted legal representative, so you can make the choice to apply for DACA for the first time or Advance Parole. Its important to assess the risks and benefits of doing so. 
  3. This is your opportunity to apply for DACA if you can for the first time
    • This is a victory, but we expect the Trump Administration to respond. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. 
  4. DACA is still under threat
    • Not only will Trump respond to this decision, on December 22 a Texas court, led by Judge Hanen, will hear a case on the legality of DACA. If Judge Hanen rules against our communities after December 22, DACA could be at risk again.

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project hosted two Facebook live sessions to explain what the decision means more deeply and to answer questions from the community. Check out those videos here. 

Have specific questions? Contact us at info@weareoneamerica.org and put "DACA Question" in the subject line - we will try our best to connect you to what you need.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE DEC 5 DECISION
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Community Advisory from Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
LO QUE DEBE SABER SOBRE EL ANUNCIO DE DACA DEL 5 DE DICIEMBRE
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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) – Consejo a la Comunidad

UPCOMING EVENTS

NO UPCOMING EVENTS AT THIS TIME, MAKE SURE TO KEEP CHECKING BACK

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) is setting up a limited number of virtual appointments. You can call their DACA line at 1-855-313-7326.

TAKE ACTION

RENEWALS:

If you can renew, it is recommended you do so as soon as possible!

  • Seattle: El Centro de la Raza is helping cover the cost of renewals and can help with the process if you live, work, or go to school in Seattle.
  • Washington State: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is looking into remote free consultations at Wenatchee, Granger and Seattle offices. Cannot cover fee, but can help through the process for free. Still call to see if individual appointment is available or if clinics are open.
  • If you are a current Washington State University student (Global or any campus) you have access to free legal assistance and DACA renewal fees support of $250. Application website: Bit.ly/WSUDACA

 

Find a DACA Renewal Clinic Near You

ORDERS OF REMOVAL:

Have you ever been(or are not sure) in removal proceedings?
Call the court: 1-800-898-7180 (will need A#) - NOTE: A# for DACA may not be the same as A# for court - if you have a “Notice to Appear” (NTA), it will be there, or on any court documents or ICE check in documents.

Prior Orders of Removal: 

  • Get legal advice right away (lawyer list in resources below)
  • Get a copy of your file from prior/current attorney or through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ASAP
  • Make a safety plan with family (resources below)

Takes time, do not procrastinate!

Removal but not ordered deported:

  • May have “administrative closure” of case (taken off judge’s calendar) but judge still has jurisdiction
  • DHS may move to re-calendar these cases
  • Contact prior/current attorney and prepare defense to future removal proceedings ASAP
  • FOIA if needed and start planning now
  • Make a safety plan with family (resources below)

Never been in removal proceedings:

  • You COULD end up in removal proceedings depending on how DHS will terminate program. 
  • Get legal advice ASAP. Ask for opportunities for other protections such as an adjustment of status through a family member.
  • Make a safety plan with family (in resources below)

IF YOU HAVE NEVER HAD DACA, BUT WANT TO APPLY:

  • As of Dec 4th, you are now eligible to apply. Check the USCIS website for more information. 
  • If you are considering whether to apply for it for the first time, we recommend that you consult with an immigration attorney or an accredited representative as soon as possible before you decide whether to apply. The immigration attorney or accredited representative will be able to give you an individualized assessment of the benefits and risks of filing for DACA.

Find a list of legal resources below.

RESOURCES

Here are many resources to support you as we navigate the DACA decision together. (Nuestro kit tiene toda esta informacion en español.)

HOW TO's & OTHER INFO

Here are some how-to guides as well as other information you may want to be aware of.