DACA - Everything You Need To Know About The Repeal

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The Trump administration announced its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects nearly 800,000 undocumented young undocumented immigrants. The program is set to be phased out over a 6 month period until March 5, 2018 but congress still has time to act to keep DACA instated. 

This means DACA recipients still have protection from deportation, and all the rights DACA grants until your DACA status expires. And even if your DACA is set to expire, you can still renew your status during the window opened by a federal court injunction against the DACA repeal. Renewed DACA status lasts for 2 years. With all this in mind, if DACA is concretely repealed, here’s what undocumented and DACAmented young people should know, and what you need to prepare for.

What DACA recipients need to know:

  • The government will not strip you of your DACA status if you have it, and ICE has said it will not target DREAMers except in criminal investigations. Your DACA protection will last for the remainder of its 2-year period.
  • If your DACA status is set to expire, you can still attempt to renew it. It isn't clear if your renewal will be approved, but the federal injunction against the DACA Repeal keeps the window open from a legal standpoint. l
  • If you’re currently working, you are not obligated to inform your employer that DACA has ended, nor is your employer allowed to ask whether you are a DACA recipient or how you got your work permit. You are allowed to work until your work permit expires.
  • Your Social security number is valid for life, even if your work permit or DACA expires
  • Social Security numbers can be used for education, banking, housing and other purposes
  • If you’re eligible to apply for DACA protection, you can still apply by March 5.  Your application will still be processed on a case-by-case basis. They won’t take any new applications after today.

What you should be doing while your DACA is still valid if you haven’t already:

  • Apply for a driver’s license
  • Apply for a Social Security Number if you have not done so already
  • Let congress know that DACA matters to you, and you need to see them protect it

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