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Don’t Let the DREAM Die: Today Final Deadline for All DACA Renewals

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Today is the last day for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) members to file their renewal – a renewal that provides these DREAMers with the right to work and stave off deportation. According to records there are approximately 154,000 DACA recipients who needed to renew their protected status or risk expiration.

And according to recent reports there are approximately 42,500 DACA renewal applications that have not been filed as of yesterday.

Anyone who is currently in the DACA program and has an expiration date between September 5,, 2017 through March 5, 2018 must file a renewal, valid for two years if granted, by midnight today. This will be the last renewal for the DACA program and no new applicants are being screened.

The DACA program was officially killed on September 5, 2017 by the Trump administration and announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Approximately 700,000 young unauthorized immigrants who came to the US as children or teenagers have benefited from DACA status. A program created by the Obama administration and viewed positively by the majority of Americans.

The 154,000 applicants that were required to renew face the arduous task of applying before their expiration date causing confusion, a confusion further enhanced since the Trump administration did not provide much official notice. The renewals are processed by the Department of Homeland Security and require a $495 fee.

When Session’s announced the end of DACA no other protections were offered to these 700,000 DREAMers and the president passed the buck asking Congress to get some sort of legislation in place to protect undocumented youth who came to the US through no fault of their own.

Thus far there does not seem to be much of an appetite by House Republicans to deal with the matter especially with the focus on tax reform. Many leading immigrant advocacy organizations and Democrats have asked for an extension for renewals until January 15, 2018 and that was denied. And when Senator Dick Durbin, the Democratic Senator from Illinois and a leading voice for DREAMers, asked that DACA renewal applications from natural disaster areas like Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico be granted an extension that was also denied.

So to the approximately 42,500 DREAMers who have not filed their last extension so that they can keep their work permits and avoid deportation - remember you have little to no other options for legal protection with no other permanent options available near term.

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