What is DACA
(Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)?
- DACA is a temporary status that offers protection from deportation and eligibility for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors to attend college or to apply for a work permit.
- It is a two-year program that requires regular renewal with the U.S. government.
- To qualify, applicants must meet the following criteria:
– Under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012;
– Arrived in the U.S. before turning 16;
– Lived continuously in the U.S. from June 15, 2007 until the present;
– Physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012 and at the time of
– Came to the U.S. without documents before June 15, 2012, or lawful status
expired as of June 15, 2012;
– Currently studying at or graduated from high school, earned a certificate of
completion of high school or GED, or have been honorably discharged from the
military (technical and trade school completion also qualifies); and
– Must NOT have convictions of a felony, certain significant misdemeanors
(including a single DUI), or three or more misdemeanors of any kind.
What’s Happening NOW:
The current administration has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program over the next six months. The decision has disrupted the lives of nearly 800,000 young people and their families across the country, including 27,000 DREAMers in North Carolina. Decision to End DACA Disrupts Family Safety, Security, Stability
Anyone who has DACA expiring before March 5, 2018 must reapply by Oct. 5, 2017 to extend their protected status for another two years before the program ends.
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy is offering FREE assistance to anyone who needs to file a renewal application. Appointments for this service can be made at any time by calling 800-247-1931.
- DACA Renewal Clinic
We are holding a two-day clinic with Comunidad Colectiva to help people in need of assistance:
- Sept. 23 and 24, Noon to 4 p.m.
- 1524 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte NC
- Free assistance in filing out application
- Financial assistance for filing fees is available.
- Call 800-247-1931 to make an appointment
- Walk-ins also welcome
How YOU Can Help:
Help cover the costs of filing fees as we work with Comunidad Colectiva to help local DREAMers renew their applications before the Oct. 5 deadline.
By donating to the DACA Support Fund, you will give young people in our community and their families peace of mind in knowing that these DREAMers will have protected status from deportation for another two-year period.
Your gift will also be MATCHED by a generous donor who has pledged to match up to $25,000 in gifts toward this effort.
To those who have already given, thank you for supporting safety, security and stability for ALL people in our community.
Attend upcoming events on immigration and other policies that affect our clients and community
– Monday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m. St. John’s Baptist Church,
Hear immigration attorney Maureen Abell talk about the impact the DACA rescission and other changes to immigration policy has had on Charlotte over the last year.