Dear Para Los Niños Family,
As many of you have heard, the White House Administration announced the cancellation of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program and communicated its plans to phase it out over the next six months. It is anticipated that Congress could further determine the program’s fate before March 2018.
DACA has provided nearly 800,000 young people—dreamers— across the country with greater social and economic safety and opportunity while strengthening communities — these are communities that we not only work with, but are a part of across Para Los Niños. While the full impact of this decision is not yet known, nor is the actual speed at which all the protections offered under DACA will be taken away, we will watch this closely.
In the meantime, we stand with our kids, families and staff during this time of uncertainty. We will continue to provide resources, support and demonstrate our fierce determination to create conditions of success for all we serve at Para Los Niños. Please reach out for support –for yourself, for your colleagues and for the kids and families we serve…we know that times like this can create tremendous stress and our continued support for one another is critical.
We are including a few links to some important and timely resources to access for DACA participants and those who work directly with participants.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
#1. Your DACA is still in effect until its expiration date. The program is still functioning. If you have DACA, it is still valid.
#2 DACA issuances and work permits that expire between now and March 5, 2018, must be submitted for renewal by October 5, 2017. If you have a work permit that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, and you want to renew it, you must apply for a two-year renewal of your DACA by October 5, 2017.
#3. Traveling abroad on advance parole with your DACA is no longer available We don’t know if people outside the U.S. with advance parole will be allowed to return to the U.S. with the announcement terminating the program.
#4. If you have specific questions about your immigration case and options for relief, speak to a lawyer or a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)–accredited representative, not to a notario, as soon as you can. Go to www.adminrelief.org to find affordable and trustworthy access to legal advice.
If you have questions and concerns about employment, homeownership, car ownership, driver’s licenses, or tuition, speak to an expert and visit www.nilc.org in the next couple of weeks for more information on these topics explaining how they could be affected by the termination of DACA.
#5. Keep a copy of your DACA work permit in your wallet — at all times. Take care of your documents; they are the fastest way to prove that you have been granted DACA. Do not trust that ICE or Customs and Border Protection will look up that information in their system if they stop you.
President & CEO