Common DACA Questions and Answers 

FAQ for Supreme Court Decision & Trump Administration Announcement

What is the current situation with DACA? 

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that DHS and the Trump Administration must restore DACA to its original 2012 state, meaning that new applicants and advanced parole should be allowed.

But Trump is refusing to follow the Supreme Court. DHS issued a new memo directing USCIS to deny new DACA applications and only grant renewals for 1 year — a brazen violation of the Supreme Court.

What can immigrant youth do now?

We haven’t stopped fighting and neither should you. The fight for the future of DACA is now taking two routes: the courts and the vote.

The courts: DACA recipients are still challenging the administration in the courts. We continue to take new DACA clients in preparation for the moment when the courts open new applications. You will not pay anything and we will not submit any applications until this situation is resolved. Signup as a LUPE client here: lupenet.org/newdaca.

The vote: Trump does not want to risk canceling DACA again before the November Elections because he knows how popular the program is. This move allows him to begin dismantling DACA now so that he can quickly cancel the program if he is re-elected.

The November Elections will decide the future of DACA. That is why we need to build immigrant youth power now. And we want you to join us. Text the word ‘DACA’ to (956) 420-0093.

Whether through the courts or the ballot box, we will fight for and win protections for immigrant youth. Join us.

Can DACA recipients renew? 

If you have DACA now, you CAN renew.

If you had it before and didn’t renew, RENEW NOW.

If you were arrested for anything, TALK TO A LAWYER OR IMMIGRATION PROFESSIONAL BEFORE RENEWING.

Can individuals apply for the first time? 

DHS issued a new memo directing USCIS to deny new DACA applications and only grant renewals for 1 year — a brazen violation of the Supreme Court.

But the fight for DACA is not over and we encourage those who may qualify for DACA to sign up as a LUPE client in anticipation for the moment when new DACA applications are allowed. You will not pay anything and we will not submit any applications until this situation is resolved. Sign up here: lupenet.org/newdaca.

Regardless of the current legal state of DACA, individuals can begin to gather evidence which includes:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof THAT AT LEAST ONE of the following is true:
    • You’re currently enrolled in school
    • You graduated high school or got the GED
    • You’re currently in the military
    • You’re an honorably discharged veteran
  • Proof you came to the U.S. before you turned 16 (i.e. school or vaccination records)
  • Proof you’ve lived in the U.S. continuously since June 15, 2007
  • Proof you’ve been “continuously present” in the U.S. since June 15, 2012 (i.e., school records, bank records, Rent receipts, pay stubs)

As soon as there is a chance affecting new applications, LUPE will let the public know.

Can DACA individuals travel? 

MAYBE. The new DHS memo maintains Advanced Parole (travel permits), but only for “exceptional circumstances.” That that means is still up in the air. If you need to travel soon, TALK TO A LAWYER OR IMMIGRATION PROFESSIONAL.

Who qualifies for DACA?

To apply for DACA, the following must apply to you:

  • I am currently 15 years old or older, or I am under 15 but in removal proceedings.
  • I was born after June 15, 1981.
  • I started living in the U.S. before June 15, 2007 and have lived here ever since.
  • I started living in the U.S. before my 16th birthday.
  • I was in the U.S. before my 16th birthday.
  • I was in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
  • I haven’t had any serious trouble with the law.

Sign up for DACA updates and help us build immigrant youth power. Text the word ‘DACA’ to (956) 420-0093.

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