Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Information and Resources
On Sept. 5, 2017, President Trump ordered an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program established in 2012 under President Obama. Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed the program to start winding down effective Mar. 5, 2018 unless lawmakers passed legislation to renew the program. Unfortunately, to date, there has been no legislation passed to provide protection for younger immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, otherwise known as Dreamers.
We are a nation of immigrants and a nation of opportunity, and I believe terminating this program goes against our values as a country. It will also have a disastrous impact on our economy. Nearly 800,000 DREAMers, including 17,000 in Colorado, have benefitted from this program and are employed or getting an education. The loss of this program equates to a loss of roughly 700,000 jobs and billions in economic output.
I will continue to push Republican leadership in Congress to address this issue by passing legislation to provide a long-term solution for these Dreamers. In the interim, our office is here to help. Below is information and resources that may be helpful to you and your family. I also encourage you to contact my office at (303) 274-7944 with any additional questions.
If you currently have DACA:
USCIS is currently required to accept requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA for people whose two-year eligibility expires, including renewals for applicants whose permits expire after March 5, 2018. For more information on how to request a renewal, click here.
If you have DACA and your permit expires after March 5:
USCIS is currently required to accept renewal requests for applicants whose permits expire after March 5, 2018. For more information on how to request a renewal, click here.
If you would have qualified for DACA and have not yet enrolled in the program:
USCIS is not accepting new requests from individuals who have never been granted deferred action under DACA. Undocumented immigrants who turned 15 years of age after September 5, 2017 and immigrants who could have qualified for DACA but chose not to apply are no longer eligible.
Should I be worried that I will be a deportation target?
The Trump administration has said that U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will not actively target individuals whose DACA work permits have expired. The fact is we do not know how the Administration or ICE intend to handle this situation. If you require assistance, please call our office at (303) 274-7944 or visit one of the organizations listed below.
Colorado Rapid Response Network
https://www.facebook.com/CORapidResponseNetwork/ or call 1-844-864-8341 (UNITE-41)
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN)
Catholic Charities of Colorado – Immigration Services
Mi Familia Vota
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado Denver
Colorado State University
University of Northern Colorado
Red Rocks Community College
Front Range Community College
ACLU’s Know Your Rights
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
Immigration Law Help
National Immigration Law Center
UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza)
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
On Jan. 9, 2018, a federal judge in San Francisco granted a request by California and other states to stop the Trump administration from ending the DACA program, citing a “flawed legal premise” on the part of Attorney General Sessions. On Feb. 13, 2018, a second federal judge from New York issued an injunction that ordered the Trump administration to keep the DACA program in place, citing the Administrative Procedure Act which “forbids the government from acting arbitrarily or capriciously in changing federal policy.”
The Trump administration filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court but the Supreme Court has rejected this request until the case moves through the appeals courts. The case will now proceed through the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – a process that is likely to take months. The Supreme Court can only take up the case after the appeals court rules which could postpone a hearing in the Supreme Court until its next term in October 2018.