The Phase out of DACA – Info/Resources


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an immigration option for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before the age of 16. Although DACA does not provide a pathway to lawful permanent residence, it does provide temporary protection from deportation, work authorization, and the ability to apply for a social security number.
On September 5, 2017 President Trump announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would be phased out over two and a half years. Here is what you need to know (PDF): End of DACA FAQs (ILRC)(September 11, 2017)

This infographic is a visual flowchart to help community members and DACA recipients understand if they are eligible to renew their DACA now and what they need to know. Each of the infographic’s bulletpoints includes a hyperlink to more information.

Crimes and DACA Renewals

The Trump Administration has announced the “phase-out” of DACA, and tens of thousands of DACA recipients must decide whether to apply for a last renewal.  Other DACA recipients are wondering what may happen to them if they can’t or don’t renew.  This is an especially worrisome situation for DACA recipients who have a criminal record. Acknowledging that we don’t yet have clear answers, this advisory will provide information to help advocates address the following questions with their clients: Is it “safe” for someone with a criminal history to renew their DACA application? What kinds of legal self-defense steps can people take, whether or not they apply to renew? What are the “dangerous crimes” that are bars to DACA and/or listed in the Notice to Appear Memorandum (NTA Memo)?

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About Juventino Meza

Juventino Meza is an internationally recognized champion for human rights, a non-profit executive and leader in civic engagement. His work is focused around Latinos, higher education, LGBT communities, immigration policy and democracy. Juve co-founded NAVIGATE MN, a leadership development program, and co-founded the Capitol Pathways internship program for college students and Native American students as an effort to racially diversify who works in and around state government. In 2013, Juve played a critical role in building a broad coalition to get President Obama to create DACA in 2012 and pass the MN Dream/Prosperity Act in 2013. Juve is a member of the Latino Economic Development Center’s Latino Scholarship Fund Selection Committee & serves in the Saint Paul’s Mexican Consulate’s Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) Fellowship Program selection committee. Juve is the youngest recipient of the Ohtli Award, the Mexican Government’s highest recognition for a civilian Mexican living outside Mexico, & is recipient of the Immigrant of Distinction Award from the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Juve was named one of the “25 Under 25” by OutFront Minnesota in 2012. Juventino Meza is graduate of Augsburg College and currently attends William Mitchell School of Law.