Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The Center has been following closely the developments surrounding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — commonly known as DACA or deferred action — the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy that, as of August 15, 2012, has allowed certain undocumented students to apply for a work permit.

Please check back for more updates on DACA, as well as for information on future events sponsored by CLORE and other organizations aimed at creating awareness about the initiative and its implications for more comprehensive immigration reform.

Read the June 15, 2012 memorandum from DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano <pdf> setting the general framework and criteria for what would later become DACA.

Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for official information on DACA, including application forms, frequently asked questions, and other links of interest.

Panfleto <pdf> informativo de USCIS en español.

The New York Department of State has set up an extensive DACA clearinghouse containing an updated list of application and educational drives across the State of New York, a page on avoiding scams, and a resource section with links to numerous organizations aiding the public.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the American Bar Association have state-by-state listings of free or low-cost providers of legal immigration assistance.

The Mexican American Legal Defense Fund <pdf>, MALDEF, has also compiled a comprehensive DACA toolkit.

Below are selected clips of news coverage both in English and Spanish surrounding DACA:

The Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE) focuses on issues impacting the Latino community in the United States, with the goal of developing progressive strategies for legal reform.

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