Read the UNITE HERE Statement on DACA Termination.
On September 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on behalf of the entire Trump Administration, announced an end to the DACA program. Here are the top 5 things to know about his announcement:
1. Your DACA is valid until its expiration date.
DACA and work permits (Employment Authorization Documents) will remain valid until its expiration date. To determine when your DACA and work permit expires, look at your I-795 Approval Notice and the bottom of your Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
2. No new DACA applications will be accepted.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) no longer will accept or process first-time applications after September 5, 2017. UPDATE: On April 24, 2018, a federal court tentatively ruled that the Trump’s termination of DACA was unlawful, and gave the Trump Administration 90 days to show otherwise. If the court’s ruling stands, the Trump Administration will be required to accept new DACA applications. This ruling does not change the fact that USCIS must accept certain renewal applications right now, as discussed below.
3. USCIS IS STILL ACCEPTING DACA RENEWALS!
Due to federal court orders temporarily barring Trump’s attempt to end DACA, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew DACA status and work permits. If you previously received DACA and your DACA expired on or after Sept. 5, 2016, you may still file your DACA request as a renewal request. If you previously received DACA and your DACA expired before September 5, 2016, you must file a new initial DACA request. We encourage you to speak with an immigration attorney or a Board of Immigration Appeals–accredited representative if you want to renew your DACA status. More information is available here.
4. Advance Parole to travel abroad is no longer available.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer grant DACA recipients permission to travel abroad through Advance Parole. Any pending applications for advance parole will not be processed and DHS will refund any associated fees.
5. We are united in this fight.
You are not alone. We mobilized, organized, and marched five years ago for DACA, and we will continue to do everything in our power to protect immigrant youth and their families across the country. Visit www.weareheretostay.org for resources to help you and your loved ones take care of yourselves in this difficult time as well as information on what you can do to take action now.