DACA

DACA Scotus Ruling

On June 18th 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States decided the Trump administration’s termination of the DACA program was unreasonable. This decision extends the life of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, meaning that DACA renewals and work authorization filings should continue being submitted, and DACA recipients should continue to access the many resources available to you.

As a result of the SCOTUS decision, we expect USCIS to develop and publish guidance to restore processing DACA-based advance parole and new initial requests for DACA from individuals who had never been granted DACA in the past.

If you have questions regarding your status or need legal advice, you can find legal assistance near you by calling the Office of New Americans hotline at: 1.800.566.7636.

For additional information and resources about DACA, download our DACA SCOTUS Decision resource.

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NYIC's Fight for DACA

When the DACA program went live in September 2012, the NYIC—like many of our coalition members across the state—held nonstop weekday and weekend clinics for 10 weeks in a row, helping nearly 700 folks apply for DACA. The NYIC also created a DACA Collaborative of NYIC members across New York City that helped more than 2,000 New Yorkers get DACA.

When Trump cancelled DACA in September 2017, we sprang into action to defend Dreamers. The following Tuesday, we organized rallies across the state: in Foley Square in NYC, Kingston, Buffalo and Syracuse. 10,000 people showed up on hours’ notice to protest and demand the decision be rescinded. While the fate of DACA was being determined in the courts, in 2018, we launched our "Renew Now" campaign to ensure that DACA recipients were able renew their benefits and keep themselves safe.

In November 2019, we mobilized thousands of New Yorkers from across the state to rally with Dreamers at the Supreme Court DACA hearing and to demand our justice system protect the DACA program. While Trump's attempt to end DACA was blocked, we know that DACA is still vulnerable to attacks, and we will keep fighting to pass a permanent solution for all immigrants, regardless of status.

COVID-19 Resources

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