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Community Advisory on DACA (8/4/2018)

On August 3, a federal district court in Washington, D.C. found the government acted unlawfully in terminating the DACA program. While celebrating this decision, we must remember that the court order does not yet provide any new options for DACA recipients or DACA-eligible individuals. The government has 20 days to appeal.  If the government does not appeal, the government must re-start the DACA program and accept new applications after 20 days. If the government appeals, the court could decide the decision would not go into effect during the appeals process and no new applications could be filed. With another federal district court decision coming out of Texas shortly, we do not know what will happen. We do know this: 1) The government must still accept and process DACA renewals. Sign up for a DACA renewal workshop at NIJC! 2) This decision is on the right side of history. We stand with DACA recipients and urge the administration to forego appeal.

If your DACA expired ON or AFTER September 5, 2016 you can submit a DACA renewal application. If your DACA expired BEFORE September 5, 2016 or was previously terminated, you can submit a new initial DACA application.

DACA recipients with current or expired DACA benefits may contact NIJC to schedule a DACA consultation by calling 312-660-1370 or emailing DACA recipients eligible to renew their DACA may also sign up for NIJC's upcoming free DACA renewal clinics.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions: DACA (English)

Preguntas Frequentes: DACA (Spanish)

Często Zadawane Pytania: DACA (Polish)

Know Your Rights

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Other Resources

Quick Guide on DACA and the DREAM Act, NIJC

About DACA and Employment, National Immigration Law Center

DACA Information & Resources (including renewal workshops in Chicago, DACA fee assistance, impact on social security numbers and driver’s licenses), Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Community Advisory: What Do I Need to Know about the End of DACA?, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Take Action

Demand that members of congress take action to pass the bi-partisan DREAM Act that provides legal status for immigrant youth and does not jeopardize the safety and livelihood of other immigrants in the United States.  Act now.