Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was an executive action taken by President Obama on June 15, 2012 that protected certain people who came to the United States as children from deportation and gave them permission to work. This victory was won because of the incredible and persistent organizing of immigrant youth and has been critical for the life of over 600 thousand people under the program.
However, because DACA was an executive order and not a law passed by Congress, the President had the authority to end it and our current president Donald Trump did.
- September 5, 2017 Trump’s administration officially ended DACA.
- January 9, 2018: A San Francisco federal judge ordered USCIS to accept DACA renewals nationwide
- February 13, 2018: A New York federal judge second the decision to accept DACA renewals. The parties had until October 5, 2018 to submit supplemental briefs.
- May 1, 2018: Texas and six other states (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, and West Virginia) filed a lawsuit against the federal government in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Brownsville Division, challenging the creation of the 2012 DACA program.
- August 31, 2018: In consequence of the lawsuit established in May, a Texas federal judge ruled to temporarily allow DACA renewals to continue. His decision to deny their request to end the program indefinitely recognizes the significant hardships that DACA beneficiaries would experience if he was to terminate DACA.
- March 12, 2019 Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), and Yvette Clarke (D-NY) introduced The Dream and Promise Act (DPA)
- NOW: People who currently have or previously had DACA may apply to renew it.
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Make the Road Nevada continues to collect donations to help our community pay for their DACA renewal fees. For many, a $495 fee can be out of reach especially for students & working families. Giving as little as $5 can make a world of difference. Please give back to our community & make the future of DREAMers a little bit brighter. You can donate at: https://www.mightycause.com/organization/Make-The-Road-Nevada