Based on news coming out of the White House and USCIS this week, we are editing CHIRLA's recommendation in reference to renewing your DACA permit or applying for DACA for the first time.
What we know as of Monday, January 23, 2017: a) USCIS indicated Monday they are receiving and accepting DACA requests "under existing policy." b) White House officials stated this weekend and Monday the Administration will prioritize deportations of people "who pose a public threat."
We do not know exactly what this all means in terms of other steps the Trump Administration will take in the days or weeks ahead. There is no commitment from the White House that DACA will continue and whether a replacement is in the works. But as of today, DACA is not repealed and applications will continue to be processed.
CHIRLA’s recommendations are as follows: 1) we stand by our initial recommendation that it’s too risky to apply for DACA for the first time; but if you want to submit an application, this is not the time to do so without the assistance and support of an immigration attorney or trusted legal expert. Be careful of notarios or unscrupulous attorneys. 2) CHIRLA will continue to process DACA renewals every day until such a time as when we are told not to. The only caveat in both cases is that if the program is repealed right when you submit an application, you may lose your processing fee.
As to travel outside the country with Advanced Parole, we are recommending folks not to travel at this time; if a DACA recipient must travel with AP to return as quickly as possible.
For questions or to renew your DACA application, please visit CHIRLA on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday before 8 a.m. The first 20 persons will receive assistance.