On September 5th, the Trump administration announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program will end.The decision includes a six-month delay, and according to the Department of Homeland Security website no new applications for DACA will be accepted. The DHS website says that “those enrolled in DACA will be able to continue working until their permits expire; those whose permits expire by March 5, 2018 will be permitted to apply for two-year renewals as long as they do so by Oct. 5.”
For more details, please visit the National Immigration Law Center’s website to learn the Top Five Things to Know About DACA Ending.
We Stand for Justice
For 15 years, Pisgah Legal Services has provided legal aid to our immigrant neighbors and community members through the Justice for All Program, including services to help immigrants who are eligible by law to gain permanent legal status and work authorization.
“Since 2012, DACA has enabled young people who were brought to the United States as children to continue with education and training, work, pay taxes, and support our economy. More than 800,000 young people who grew up in this country are legally working and/or going to school because of DACA, an estimated 27,000 in North Carolina alone,” according to Jaclyn Kiger, Managing Attorney at Pisgah Legal Services.
Pisgah Legal Services will continue to provide free legal aid services to DACA recipients through our Justice for All Program.
Please contact us at 828-210-3452 and one of our multi-lingual staff will assist you if you are concerned about DACA status.
On October 1 and 2 there will be DACA clinics taking place in Asheville and Hendersonville respectively. On October 3, a clinic will be held in Franklin regarding creating Powers of Attorney for immigrants who are concerned about being separated from their children. These events are free.
A similar POA clinic was held in Polk County in September where volunteer attorney Jule Northup was happy to help out. (second from right)
She said, “Words cannot express how it feels to see anxious parents make decisions about what will happen to their children if they are deported. This is important work!”
Want to help people right here in Western North Carolina?
Make a gift to Pisgah Legal Services today! Online giving is fast and easy or contact Director of Philanthropy Betsy Ellis at 828-210-3444.
You can take action right now. Congress is back in session.
Call on Congress to act immediately to enact legislation to protect DACA and strengthen this critical program. Family and community stability is at risk. Please contact federal lawmakers today and ask them to protect DACA through legislative action and support a clean passage of S. 1615/H.R. 3440 or the Dream Act of 2017.
- Senator Tillis:(202) 224-6342
- Senator Burr: (202) 224-3154
- Representative Meadows: (202) 225-3031
- Representative McHenry: (202) 225-2576
- Senate Majority Leader McConnell: (202) 224-2541
- House Speaker Ryan: (202) 225-3031