On Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Trump administration announced that they will be rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era policy that protects the deportation of nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants (nicknamed as Dreamers) who were brought to the United States before the age of 16 and allows them the ability to work legally.
The only way Dreamers will legally be able to stay in the country once their DACA permits expire will be if in some way the law changes. The White House is giving Congress a six-month deadline to come up with a legislative fix before the government stops processing permits.
Below is a list of resources for DACA immigrants to learn more about the program's repeal:
- The Immigrant Legal Resource Center has created a helpful guide on what to do after DACA's repeals.
- The National Immigration Law Center is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. that is exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants.
- Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) focuses on advocating labor rights for working undocumented immigrants. They can assist with DACA renewal applications and will be offering free legal services to eligible Dreamers.
- National Immigration Forum offers resources on equipping undocumented youths with skills needed to land good and helpful jobs.
More information about the announcement and its potential outcomes can be read here: Trump Moves to End DACA and Calls on Congress to Act (New York Times)