Washington, DC – Today, United We Dream announced that The DACA Renewal Fund has raised funds to support 1,367 DACA recipients’ renewal application fees.
Over 150,000 DACA beneficiaries are in an urgent rush to renew their DACA work permits and deportation protections before an arbitrary October 5th deadline set by the Trump Administration. The fees for each DACA renewal are $495, a significant financial burden for low income immigrant young people.
The funds raised are being deployed to 20 proven community organizations and service providers across the country including; Arizona Center for Empowerment, Scholarships A-Z, CT Students for a Dream, FL Immigrant Coalition, Catholic Charities Indianapolis, Kansas Missouri Dream Alliance – KSMODA, Latin American Coalition, Horizons at the Rumson Country Day School, Center for Civic Policy / New Mexico Dream Team, Make the Road NY, Dream Act Oklahoma, Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma, Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition, Washington Dream Coalition, RISE Law Center of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, Casa San Jose, Project Immigrant ICS, Cabrini Immigrant Services and RAICES (TX).
“We are so excited to announce we’ve raised enough resources to support this many DACA recipients at a time where there’s an urgency to submit renewals before Oct.5th. The support for immigrant youth from people across the country has been overwhelming and we are thankful for all those that donated their money and effort to this cause,” said Adrian Reyna, Director of Membership at United We Dream and DACA beneficiary.
“If you’re a DACA recipient that needs support submitting the renewal and paying the application fee – please visit www.dacarenewalfund.com to find an organization near you. A full list of DACA renewal clinics can be found here. We encourage all those who are eligible to renew.”
Donations to the fund came from over 3,000 people from across the country. Additional support for the DACA Renewal Fund came from FWD.us, which provided digital capacity to support this work. The quick effort to deliver the funds was made possible by Amalgamated Bank.
On September 5, 2017 the Trump Administration shamefully announced that they would kill the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The lives of more than 800,000 immigrant youth who have benefited from this program over the last five years were immediately upended.
The urgency of this humanitarian crisis cannot be overstated. DACA protections and work permits will remain valid until only until the expiration dates printed on the cards. Those with work permits that expire between now and March 5th of 2018 must be submitted for renewal by October 5th, 2017. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) estimates that there are approximately 154,000 individuals who qualify for these renewals.
After that, about 30,000 immigrant youth will lose their work permits and deportation protection every month. Without the work permits and protections provided by DACA, these young people are immediately at risk of losing their access to higher education, lawful employment, and relief from deportation.