Earlier today, in an historic victory, the Supreme Court ruled the Trump administration’s decision to end the DACA program was unlawful. We would like to again extend our congratulations to our Dreamer clients and friends.
With this decision, current DACA-holders may continue to renew their employment authorization. And most importantly, people who never previously applied for DACA but are otherwise eligible may now apply!
We are committed to assisting our community with both initial and renewal DACA applications. Please continue to check our website for announcements regarding our upcoming pro-bono DACA clinic in July.
With that being said, it is also important to note that the fight is not over. The victory at the Supreme Court is not absolute. The decision was based on a narrow interpretation of administrative law and does not prevent the administration from enacting further restrictions on the DACA program in the future. Which is why it is essential to keep doing all we can to stand up for our Dreamer neighbors and support a permanent solution in Congress.
We will be providing further updates as the news progresses. In the meantime, here is a refresher on the DACA eligibility requirements:
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
- Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
- Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
- Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
People who turned 15 after the program was rescinded would be eligible to apply so long as they have been here in 2007.