As end to DACA looms, Dreamers rush to renew protected status, work permits


Clients work with staff to fill out necessary paperwork at the offices of SIREN in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. Current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, recipients have a deadline of October 5 to submit their applications for renewal. With DACA set to be phased out over the next months, there is a rush to protect their status before the deadline. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

Abril Palomares sat in a small waiting area at the Center for Employment Training in San Jose, clutching the $495 check she wrote to cover her renewal fee for a federal program that could keep her in the U.S. — her home since she was a year old — for a couple more years.

She and thousands of other recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, have until October 5 to apply for renewal, after President Donald Trump announced he would rescind the program. Now, these “Dreamers” are rushing to protect their status before the deadline, after which their future is uncertain.

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“I want to be able to keep it as long as I can, especially since we have to wait six months to hear about what’s going to be the next step,” said Palomares, 18, who was among DACA recipients who showed up at the CET’s first DACA renewal workshop last week.

“I’m worried because I don’t know what’s going to happen next. I think a lot of us are still pretty worried,” she said.

Trump on Sept. 5 announced he was phasing out DACA in the next six months, giving Congress a last-ditch opportunity to step in during that time. DACA recipients whose status is set to expire during the six month period — which ends March 5 — have been given until Oct. 5 to re-apply for two-year work permits and temporary deportation relief. Recipients whose status expires after the March 5 deadline cannot submit applications for renewal and federal officials have stopped taking new applicants.

Clients work with staff to fill out necessary paperwork at the offices of SIREN in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. Current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, recipients have a deadline of October 5 to submit their applications for renewal. With DACA set to be …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics

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