Immigration Policy awareness
In today’s political climate, laws regarding immigration and vulnerable communities are constantly in flux. La Casa works to bring the entire community up to date on policies relevant to the families we serve, and influence these policies when possible. The following websites provide great resources for information related to immigration policy in the United States.
WHAT IS DACA?
DACA, an acronym for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a policy that protects around 800,000 young people — known as “DREAMers” — who entered the United States unlawfully as children. The program does not grant them official legal status or a pathway to citizenship, but it does allow them to apply for a driver’s license, social security number, and work permit.
President Trump repeatedly tried to dismantle the program, established by President Barack Obama in 2012. A federal judge ruled in December, 2020 that first-time DACA applicants were permitted to apply, after the Trump administration stopped accepting new applications. He also extended the renewal period to two years, from one year.
In July 2021, a federal judge ruled that first-time DACA applicants were barred from applying to the program. USCIS has confirmed that all individuals whose DACA requests were approved prior to July 16, 2021 will continue to have DACA status and all DACA requests that were approved before July 16 will continue to be eligible to renew DACA and DACA work permits. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will also continue to accept the filing of initial DACA and employment authorization requests, but they cannot approve initial DACA and EAD requests on account of judge’s ruling.