Washington, DC – Today, United We Dream announced The DACA Renewal Fund (www.dacarenewalfund.com): an urgent push to support DACA recipients renewal application fees. For more information, or to donate to The Renewal Fund, click here.
The Renewal Fund will directly support DACA recipients’ renewal applications – every single dollar raised will go directly to renewal fees for eligible DACA recipients. Money raised will be immediately deployed to proven community organizations and service providers across the country including but not limited to the UWD Affiliate network, as well as through the network of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC).
United We Dream is the nation’s largest immigrant youth network, with 49 affiliates across 27 states, while CLINIC has more than 300 affiliates in 47 states. Additional support comes from FWD.us, which is providing digital capacity to support this work.
These efforts are urgent. The Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has put 800,000 DACA recipients’ lives in limbo. In particular, 154,000 immigrant youth whose DACA status expires between now and March 5th of 2018 must now scramble to renew their DACA status before an arbitrary October 5th, 2017 deadline. This process is urgent, complicated, and expensive – in addition the rigour application and background check process, including fingerprinting, applicants must submit $495 fee along with their renewal applications. For many DACA recipients who are students or low wage workers who often spend months saving up to pay for these fees, that is an extraordinary and unexpected expense.
“Following Trump’s decision to kill DACA, we’ve seen immense support for immigrant youth across the country. We’ve received calls from an array of people who want to fund current DACA beneficiaries who can renew their status. So far we’ve raised enough resources to support nearly 800 DACA recipients and our goal is to support thousands more,” said Adrian Reyna, Director of Membership at United We Dream and DACA beneficiary.
“For many DACA recipients, the process to renew is urgent, complicated, and expensive. As a network we will continue to fight against the Trump administration’s unprecedented assault on immigrant youth. That is why we have launched The Renewal Fund to directly support DACA recipients and protect as many people in our community as possible. If you’re a DACA recipient – please visit www.dacarenewalfund.com to find an organization that may be near you.”
On September 5, 2017 the Trump Administration announced an end to 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 5 years were immediately upended.
The urgency of this humanitarian crisis cannot be overstated. DACA issuances and work permits will remain valid until their expiration dates – and those 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.
Without the social security numbers and work permits provided by DACA, these young people are immediately at risk of losing their access to higher education, lawful employment, and relief from deportation.