THE DEFERRED ACTION for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation was enacted in 2012 and allows any individual who entered the U.S. prior to their 16th birthday to register to remain in the country to study and be eligible for work permits.
As of September 5, the current administration made the decision to suspend this DACA program that currently protects 800,000 immigrants who were brought to this country as children.
New applications will be halted for DACA and congress has been called on to provide a legislative fix within six months before the government stops renewing permits for people already covered by the program.
Approximately 5,000 people in Philadelphia and around 21,000 people in the state of Pennsylvania are eligible for DACA.
DACA Recipient information sessions:
Today, September 7, at HIAS PA from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Tomorrow, September 8, at NSC from 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Our Immediate Response Action Fund (IRAF) is anticipating a large spike in urgent needs following the DACA announcement.
Help us build IRAF so we can continue to address these needs as they arise.