Resources for DACA Recipients and Allies
Updated June 18, 2020
In a stunning victory for Dreamers and for America, the Supreme Court has concluded that the Department of Homeland Security improperly rescinded the DACA program. The Court ruled that the agency’s rationale for terminating the program violated the Administrative Procedures Act by failing to account for the reliance interests of DACA recipients and the communities they support.
The result is that the DACA program, as it existed upon implementation in 2012, remains in effect. Individuals who currently have DACA are eligible to—and should continue to—renew their status now. It also means that individuals who did not obtain DACA by September 2017, when DHS attempted to rescind the program, are now eligible to apply for DACA under the program’s original terms. Because filing a first-time application for DACA is a sensitive and complicated matter, we strongly encourage that individuals seeking to do so obtain legal advice.
To be clear, DHS still retains the legal authority to terminate the program if it complies with its statutory obligation to provide a reasoned analysis. Pursuing that course, however, would be an incalculably heartless and counterproductive decision amidst a pandemic in which DACA recipients continue to save lives and support their communities as frontline contributors.
The DACA program continues to be extraordinarily popular with the American public, and for good reason: these young, contributing immigrants are American in every way but their paperwork. The Court’s ruling today ensures that we will continue to uphold our promise to these young Americans, just as they have upheld theirs.
Listed below are resources for DACA recipients to renew their status and for eligible individuals to seek legal counsel and potentially submit a first-time application.
Learn More About the Supreme Court Decision
United We Dream and Home is Here
You can join a digital rally (and help promote it!), an informational webinar for undocumented folks and DACA recipients, and/or a webinar for educators about how to support immigrant students. Learn more about the decision and come together (virtually) as a community.
Renewal Resources for DACA Recipients
DACA Renewal Guide
Home is Here
This guide provides step-by-step instructions and other resources to help DACA recipients apply for renewal and has a directory to help DACA recipients across the country access the nearest services and clinics.
Renew DACA and Explore Your Legal Options
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
The ILRC provides guidance on DACA renewals, legal consultations, and the latest changes to the renewal process in response to coronavirus.
Practitioner and Community Resources for DACA
This resource bank clarifies the options available to DACA recipients, including renewals and potential eligibility for more permanent legal relief. CLINIC also offers explanatory videos in English and Spanish on the legal and societal implications of the case.
Stay Up-to-Date on DACA During Coronavirus
Informed Immigrant is keeping DACA recipients informed on how to renew their status amid USCIS closures.
Legal Resources for Possible First-Time DACA Applicants
Access Legal Services and Evaluate Your Options
National Immigration Legal Services Directory
If you have not been able to apply for DACA status under the Trump Administration, we strongly encourage you to seek legal support and see if you might be able to apply for DACA now. This directory will identify services in your ZIP code.
A Resource Bank for Dreamers
This resource library provides legal, educational, media, and other resources to equip both DACA recipients and allies with the information they need to secure the protections to which they are entitled. In light of the Court’s decision, it is crucial that DACA recipients understand their legal standing and their rights.
Screening Tool to Identify Pathways to Legal Status
This online questionnaire translates individual answers into available options for pursuing legal status and accessing public benefits. Immi may help clarify if you are eligible to apply for DACA now that the Court has rolled back the Trump Administration’s efforts to truncate the policy. This tool protects your information and makes your options easily understandable.