Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Update

Moving Forward

Dear Reader-

As you likely saw in the news, Trump has decided to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (commonly known as DACA). We do not believe this decision speaks for the majority of Americans. Yet it is our reality under the current administration’s agenda. With the end of DACA, hundreds of thousands of young people, undocumented Dreamers, will be left vulnerable and at risk of deportation. The negative impact will be felt far beyond the recipients themselves.

DACA recipients are parents, spouses, and siblings of Americans; they are our neighbors, friends, and people we rely on daily without realizing or acknowledging; they are students, employees, and business owners. They have only known America as home and have only loved and improved it despite the country turning its back on them. I have had the good fortune of meeting and working with many DACA recipients, the undocumented, and their loved ones. They are us. In many ways, they are the essence of what is best about this country and reflect what we fondly call "American." They are simply trying to live life as best as they can and contribute positively to the only country they have known and called home.

Congress must pick up the DACA baton and pass legislation for Dreamers. Prior to Trump’s decision, some key Republican members of Congress voiced their support of Dreamers and keeping DACA. Last week, even the Attorney General of Tennessee said he no longer wanted to challenge DACA in court.

Contact Your Representatives:
Contact your local members of Congress and encourage everyone you know to do the same - to urge your representatives to pass laws for DACA and Dreamers. Use this link from Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center to see how to contact your local members of Congress. You can also find your representatives by using this site. Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights also has great informational resources and volunteer opportunities to join the fight for Dreamers and DACA.

With all that is happening in the world, from the threat of war with North Korea to victims struggling with the Harvey aftermath to those now preparing for Hurricane Irma, we are extremely saddened and angered (albeit not surprised) that Trump has cruelly targeted this vulnerable population of young people that has only proven itself to be a positive, contributing force in our country. Now is the time for us to demand that Congress act.

You will see a lot of news and information regarding DACA in the coming hours and days. Be cautious, as some of it may not be credible. Details of the phaseout are not completely clear, but here is some information directly from USCIS:

USCIS will adjudicate, on an individual, case by case basis:
* Properly filed pending DACA initial requests and associated applications for employment authorization documents (EADs) that have been accepted as of Sept. 5, 2017.
* Properly filed pending DACA renewal requests and associated applications for EADs from current beneficiaries that have been accepted as of the date of this memorandum, and from current beneficiaries whose benefits will expire between Sept. 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 that have been accepted as of Oct. 5, 2017.
Individuals who have not submitted an application by Sept. 5, for an initial request under DACA may no longer apply. USCIS will reject all applications for initial requests received after Sept. 5.

We at Milla & Associates will continue to do all we can to help Dreamers. Please contact us or a trusted organization to receive reliable information about DACA, your rights, and immigration laws in general. We hope for better news in the future, and look forward to the day when we can celebrate decisions based on the true values of this country.