MWLS Denounces the Phasing Out of DACA
MetroWest Legal Services denounces the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind the DACA (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals) program for almost 800,000 DREAMers. These young people were brought to the U.S. as children, have built their lives here and are a productive and important part of the fabric of this nation.

As more information and resources become available for DREAMers, we will share them via email, Face Book, Twitter and our website.
What is DACA?
DACA is the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program created by President Obama in 2012. The program was created to provide protection for undocumented children brought into the United States before 2007 and they were under the age of 16. Children who receive DACA were allowed to live and work legally in the US.

There are an estimated 800,000 people with DACA in the US and 8,000 in Massachusetts.
Five Things You Need to Know
1. Your DACA is valid until its expiration date.
DACA and work permits (Employment Authorization Documents) will remain valid until its expiration date. To determine when your DACA and work permit expires, look at your I-795 Approval Notice and the bottom of your Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

2. No new DACA applications will be accepted.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) no longer will accept or process first-time applications after September 5, 2017.

3. DACA issuances and work permits expiring between now and March 5, 2018 must be submitted for renewal by October 5, 2017.  If you have a permit that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, you must apply for a two-year renewal of your DACA by October 5, 2017.

4. Advance Parole to travel abroad is no longer available.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer grant DACA recipients permission to travel abroad through Advance Parole. Any pending applications for advance parole will not be processed and DHS will refund any associated fees.

5. We are united in this fight.  You are not alone. We mobilized, organized, and marched five years ago for DACA, and we will continue to do everything in our power to protect immigrant youth and their families across the country. Visit for resources to help you and your loved ones take care of yourselves in this difficult time as well as information on what you can do to take action now.

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