Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

 

The future of DACA lies in the supreme court

On Nov. 12, 2019, SCOTUS will begin hearing arguments in the case of DACA.

The question:

 

Did the President take the proper legal steps in ending the DACA program?

The possible outcomes (expected between January-June 2020):

 

Yes, he did.

No, he didn’t.

If the Court decides “yes”:

 

DACA ends.
No more applications for any DACA benefit will be accepted.
All current DACA recipients will expire on the designated EAD date.

If the Court decides “no”:

 

DACA continues!
The program will re-open to include the acceptance of new, first-time applicants.
Eligible DACA recipients will be able to submit an application for advanced parole.

If you are a DACA recipient, what can you do right now in case the Supreme Court’s decision ends the DACA program?

 
  1. Renew your DACA early, between Nov. 2019 and Feb. 2020. Even if this is earlier than you normally would renew, you can maximize your protected time by renewing to add on an additional 2 years (upon date of renewal). Renewing between these dates would ensure you have DACA for a few more months than you would if you don’t renew.

  2. Get involved in advocacy efforts for a long-term solution! (see below)

  3. Go to Washington, DC, to attend the Supreme Court oral arguments in this matter; check out FWD.us for possible funding and opportunities to join organizing and mobilizing activities in DC during that time.

*It is important to remember that if the Supreme Court’s decision ends DACA, your protected status will expire on the expiration date of your current EAD.

*If you decide to renew early and the program ends before your application is processed, there is a chance that you may lose the fees you submit with your DACA renewal application.

*If you decide to renew early and the Supreme Court’s decision does not end DACA, then you may have paid a filing fee early and overlapped your time (the only “cost” is your filing fee).