News Release: DACA Rescinded

Nitish Meena

 
September 6, 2017 - Yesterday was a very difficult day for our immigrant community throughout the U.S. when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a press conference to announce the Trump Administration’s intentions to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (commonly known as DACA).

We have received numerous phone calls from impacted individuals, community partners, the media, and other concerned community members. The general mood in our community has again shifted toward fear, anxiety, and uncertainty about the future.

DACA was a program established through an executive order by President Obama in 2012 to give temporary protection from deportation to certain young, undocumented persons who were brought here as children and met other eligibility requirements (such as being in school, working, and not having any criminal background). Over the past five years, 800,000 DREAMers across the United States have applied for and received this temporary protection under DACA. They have come out of the shadows and with their DACA status have achieved much and greatly contributed. Research has routinely shown that DACA has empowered young people to study, earn degrees, obtain better employment, buy houses, and start businesses. Not only have these individuals gained from DACA, but our community and economy at large have gained as well. 

With the announcement of DACA’s impending reversal, the dreams and futures of these individuals are now in peril. Details are still being released from the Department of Homeland Security about what, exactly, this rescission means for those who are currently protected under DACA, or those with pending applications. As the situation develops, Centro de Información commits to keeping our community updated and informed with the most up-to-date information. We also stand committed to serving DACA recipients and their families through our immigration legal services. In the coming days and weeks you can count on Centro de Información for Immigration legal services: if you or someone you know needs legal assessment or has a question about DACA or their status, Centro de Información’s immigration team is available to support you.

In the coming days and weeks, you can count on Centro de Información for Immigration legal services. If you or someone you know needs legal assessment or has a question about DACA or their status, Centro de Información’s immigration team is available to support you. For more information, call 847-695-9050.

There are actions that we all can take.

• Contact House Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell and tell them that Congress must act on a bipartisan Dream Act.

• Contact your U.S. congressional representatives and tell them that you support a bipartisan effort to protect DREAMers.

FOR DACA RECIPIENTS

• An employer cannot ask you about your DACA status.

• Your Social Security number is yours for life, regardless of your documentation status or the existence of the DACA program.

• Your work permit is still active until it expires.

• If you are outside the country on Advance Parole make sure to return right away. 

• NEW APPLICANTS: The administration will stop considering new applications for legal status dated September 5, 2017.

• RENEWALS: DACA recipients with a permit set to expire before March 5, 2018, have the opportunity to apply for a two-year renewal but must do so by October 5, 2017.

In this moment of difficulty, Centro de Información stands strong in support and solidarity with DACA recipients and their families and all immigrants across Kane and northwest Cook counties. We will continue to be a source of reliable information and effective services, as well as a safe space for immigrants to find support that they need today and always. 

Thank you for supporting our mission and, most importantly, thank you for being an ally to our immigrant families, friends, and neighbors. Together we stand to make a better community.

Jaime D. Garcia
Executive Director Centro de Información