WE DREAM TOGETHER
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.
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 For additional details on what to do if you’ve missed the DACA Renewal deadline, please contact Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs: Luis Flores, firstname.lastname@example.org
#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.
RESOURCES AND EVENTS
United We Dream "Here to Stay" Toolkit for K-12 & Higher Education Educators & Schools
There will be a Citizenship Workshop held by The Office of Immigrant Affairs happening on 2/24/18 from 9am-2pm at East Rancho Dominguez Community Center in Compton. Registration is required so please call the number on the flyer. Please see attached flyers for more information
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