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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Sept. 5, 2017 that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals would end. DACA will be phased out over a period of six months. This resource page is intended to help you stay up to date on the implementation of DACA’s rescission, how to prepare your programs and our communities for the end of DACA, and how to plug in to various ways to stand with Dreamers. Resources will include in-depth legal analysis, practice advisories, program tools and community outreach materials.

If you are a DACA recipient who needs legal assistance, please contact one of our affiliates using our directory.


Latest information on DACA

Since the Trump administration rescinded DACA, several states, universities and non-profits have filed lawsuits challenging the rescission and termination. Here are the updates so far.

Last updated on: 09/27/2017

Twenty states and the District of Columbia offer in-state tuition to undocumented students. This infographic shows states that allow immigrant youth access to affordable and quality higher education. See whether DACA termination affects immigrants’ ability to attend or afford college in your state.

Last updated on: 09/19/2017

Use this flow-chart to determine how to help members of your community figure out their next steps as DACA comes to an end.

Last updated on: 09/27/2017

This bilingual (English/Spanish) screening tool can help legal services  providers assess whether a DACA recipient is eligible to request renewal before Oct. 5, 2017.

Last updated on: 09/27/2017

The Trump Administration has announced an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This webinar explores what we know about the policy so far and how it affects your clients. Under the new policy, current DACA recipients will maintain deferred action and employment authorization until their current grants expire

Last updated on: 09/12/2017

Help Dreamers understand scenarios based on their DACA status.

Last updated on: 09/11/2017

Last updated 9/7/2017

The Trump administration announced Sept. 5, 2017 that it is ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. DACA provides temporary protection from deportation and work authorization for certain young people who were brought to the U.S. as children.

Last updated on: 09/07/2017

Use these fliers to alert Dreamers to the fact that they need to seek legal assistance. Includes a customizable box that you can add your program’s information to.

Last updated on: 09/08/2017

This tool will help immigrant legal service providers and community-based organizations plan to effectively and efficiently respond to DACA termination.

Download the Plan

Last updated on: 09/07/2017

This practice advisory, written for legal service providers, explains what the end of DACA means for your clients.  It includes current practice tips and will be updated as we learn more. 

Last updated on: 09/07/2017

Here are several ways you can take action right now to defend Dreamers.

Last updated on: 09/08/2017

President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out DACA is “a heartbreaking disappointment,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Last updated on: 09/05/2017


Sample media for responding to the end of DACA

Draft Press Release on End of DACA 

A template for a press release that you can customize for local news media. Send it to news editors at local newspapers, television stations and radio stations that produce local news.



Other useful resources

The president's Jan. 25, 2017 executive orders on border and immigration enforcement effectively put more than 11 million undocumented and other immigrants living in the U.S. at risk of detention and deportation. As a result, families at risk face challenges and difficult decisions in preparing for the possibility of being separated from one another. Planning to ensure children (as well as other dependents) and financial assets are taken care of is crucial but preparation can be complex.

Last updated on: 09/05/2017

Use this tool to see if you may eligible for some type of immigration relief.

Last updated on: 09/05/2017

This document can help undocumented individuals determine whether they might qualify for some sort of immigration relief and whether they are at high risk of being arrested by immigration.

Last updated on: 11/03/2017

CLINIC's Know Your Rights materials help you be prepared for encounters with ICE or police and contain a Know Your Rights card. 

Last updated on: 09/05/2017

DACA is an executive action, implemented by President Obama in 2012, providing deportation relief and the opportunity to work for a select group of young, undocumented people living in the United States. This document provides some talking points.

Last updated on: 03/08/2017

Immigrating to another country takes a lot of courage. Some people may see your immigration status as a weakness and try to take advantage of you. Others may genuinely want to help you, but they simply are not authorized or qualified to do so. Before you ask someone for help on your immigration case, or pay for any services, CLINIC wants to teach you how to protect yourself against immigration scams, commonly called notario fraud.

Last updated on: 09/05/2017