DACA is a five-year-old program that prevents the deportation of people who were brought to America illegally when they were children. President Trump said in September that he was ending the program and that it was up to Congress to come up with some other way to protect the nearly 800,000 people who are part of the program.

The program allows those who qualify to reapply every two years for new work permits, paying a $495 fee and undergoing a federal background check. All protections of the program will expire over the course of the next two years as permits expire.

Update on the status of DACA

On September 5, 2017, the administration initiated the termination of the DACA program, to take full effect March 5, 2018. However, two courts have now enjoined this action as it applies to DACA renewals. The links below include a summary of the litigation and pointers for those considering renewal of their DACA deferral.

  • Guidance for educators engaging in activism – Protections for educators vary depending on the type of activism, whether it be presenting to a school board, speaking to students in class, or supporting student activism. There are even types of conduct – such as harboring undocumented individuals – that carry the risk of criminal prosecution. Our memo provides an overview of these protections and risks.
  • Know your Rights flyers – Finally, you will find enclosed KYR materials that can be distributed to affected students and their families. These address the ways to prepare and respond to immigration law enforcement actions at school or at home, as well as a brief overview of DACA. We have included links to outside resources, including attorney referrals.
  • Sample language for school Safe Zones. Many school boards have entered resolutions that contain legal protections against on-campus ICE enforcement action and information demands.

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