The Unstoppable Dreams campaign fights for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which granted young undocumented students conditional legal status and work permits. People with DACA are our colleagues, neighbors, and essential workers across the nation. Current goal: Senate passage of the Dream and Promise Act (HR6), which gives people with conditional status a path to citizenship. To find out more about applying for or renewing your DACA, please visit our legal services page.
On July 28, 2020, implementing Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf put out a memorandum with new guidelines for DACA. In this memorandum, it is stated that all initial DACA applications will be rejected. For those who have DACA and need to renew, USCIS will limit DACA work permits to one year. USCIS will reject requests for renewals if they have more than 150 days before their expiration date. To renew you must request between 150 and 120 days before your expiration date. Advance parole will be determined on a case by case basis. These circumstances may include:
- Travel to support national security interests of the United States
- Travel to support U.S. federal law enforcement
- Travel to obtain life-sustaining medical treatment that is not otherwise availabe in the U.S.
- Travel to support the immediate safety, wellbeing, or care of an immediate relative
Frequently Asked Questions
On June 18, 2020, a historic ruling was made by the Supreme Court that blocked Trump from ending DACA. Chief John Roberts was the swing vote in the 5-4 decision.
We will be updating this page with the latest information as we get it. In a forward-thinking move, CHIRLA has already submitted a form for a first-time DACA applicant. On July 17, 2020, the Fourth Circuit DACA lawsuit (CASA v DHS) ordered the immediate reinstatement of DACA in its pre-September 5th 2017 status. This means that USCIS must immediately process initial DACA applications and consider requests from DACA recipients for Advance Parole. Stay tuned for more information regarding new applications.