For Immediate Release:
It has been announced yesterday that President Trump is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which affects nearly 800,000 DACA recipients that will be forced to stop working and potentially leave the country. Since its inception in 2012, DACA has enabled undocumented immigrants younger than 30 who arrived in the U.S. as minors, to remain in the country and be able to work and study. Due to the program, our country has seen enormous contributions by DACA recipients as they study, work and contribute to local economies. But more importantly, DACA has empowered these recipients to come out of living in fear and pursue their dreams openly in a country that is their home. The end of DACA is a devastating blow to the immigrant community, as well as all communities that believe in the value that immigrants bring to our nation.
MuBANY is deeply disappointed in this decision and remains fearlessly committed to fighting injustice with the power of good law and good people. We join hands and hearts with our brothers and sisters in the greater immigrant communities from which we stem and which we serve. We are in communication with immigration advocates to learn exactly what this will mean for DACA recipients and their families, some of whom we all know personally.
Here is what we know so far:
- There will be no new DACA applications accepted after September 5, 2017;
- Existing work authorizations granted to DACA recipients are valid until their expiration dates;
- Current DACA benefits and authorizations expiring between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, must be renewed by October 5, 2017. These applications will be assessed for renewal on a case by case basis; and
- The Department of Homeland Security will no longer process DACA recipients requests' for Advance Parole to facilitate overseas travel and re-entry into the U.S.
Here is the link to the USCIS webpage with additional information and this fact sheet: https://www.uscis.gov/daca2017
There is much we do not know yet and we will learn more in the coming weeks. Again, we are with you in these troubling times. If you need any support, or if you are a DACA recipient or family member of a DACA recipient, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Please know that we will do whatever we can to assist you and support you. We will also be with you in the streets fighting back.