In June 2012, President Obama established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to provide work permits and a reprieve from deportation to people who arrived in the United States as children, and who meet certain other requirements. The positive impacts of DACA for individuals, and on communities across the country, have been well-documented. As a result, NCLR stands behind the policy.
The details of what President Donald Trump will do regarding the program are unclear. Until then, DACA will remain in place and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will continue processing both initial and renewal DACA requests.
Even so, many legal service providers are recommending against filing an initial DACA application, because it is unclear what the administration plans to do with the policy. Those interested should visit a qualified immigration legal services provider to be screened for a form of immigration relief.
To find a qualified nonprofit immigration legal service provider, visit immigrationlawhelp.org.