There are approximately 700,000 individuals who are DACA recipients. They were brought to this country as children and have lived here ever since. Currently, they make up 200,000 essential workers.
Dreamers, as Daca recipients are also known, are undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as a child.
But there are around 3.6 million dreamers in the U.S., and out of those, only 700,000 are protected under DACA.
Dreamers represent an essential part of our system. Therefore, the Jewish Family Service will host a DACA Day! In order to help dreamers with their application renewals.
DACA Day will be held on Saturday, September 9, at the JFS Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus in Kearny Mesa (8804 Balboa Avenue) from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. Space is limited with pre-event registration required via jfssd.org/dacaday; registration ends August 31.
The event will provide free legal representation and information, as well as assistance with application photos and submissions. Eligible applicants can receive filing fee assistance up to $495, and resources will also be available to educate attendees on their rights. Snacks and prizes will also be provided.
Under the Trump administration in 2017, it was announced that DACA would be ending. However, due to a series of court decisions, DACA recipients have been able to maintain their rights for renewal. Unfortunately, new applicants have been unable to apply for protection because new applications are not being processed.
Daca recipients must renew their registration while renewals are still open because this could change, which is why they are urged to continue those applications.
Through a release from JFS, we were sent this quote. “Since the inception of DACA in 2012, JFS has assisted over 1,000 individuals with their DACA applications and renewals,” said JFS CEO Michael Hopkins. “With an estimated 40,000 DACA recipients living in San Diego County, we have seen firsthand how Dreamers build a stronger, healthier, more resilient San Diego. We encourage anyone in need of assistance renewing their application to register and attend our DACA Day to ensure they continue to receive the protections afforded to them through the DACA program.”
- They have continuously resided in the U.S. since their last approved DACA request
- They have not departed the U.S. after August 12, 2012
- That they have not been arrested or convicted of a significant misdemeanor
- Pay an application fee of $495
For more help in our community, you can find resources at Southwestern College.
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