Dear Para Los Niños Family,
As you might have already seen in the news this week, the US Supreme Court rejected a request to immediately review a lower court DACA decision. That action means that although the Trump Administration had originally created a March 5 renewal deadline for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) participants, that deadline is not valid for the time being. It is still not known when or if a new deadline will be implemented.
DACA has provided nearly 800,000 young people—dreamers— across the country with greater social and economic safety and opportunity while strengthening the communities that we not only work with, but are a part of across Para Los Niños.
At PLN, we stand with our kids, families and staff during times 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. DACA is still in effect until its new TBA expiration date. The program is still functioning. If you have DACA, it is still valid. For more information, UC Berkley has some helpful FAQ’s for students also.
#2 If you have a work permit that will expire and you want to renew it, National Immigration Law Center has good resources (link is here) to help understand the process, as it relates to DACA timelines.
#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. As per ICE raids seen throughout LA County, please 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.