The Hispanic Affairs Project Will Support Community Members with DACA and their Families, Despite Recent Federal Announcement

For Immediate Release September 6, 2017

Contact: Ricardo Perez, (970) 249-4115 ricardo@hapgj.org; Nicole Ruiz, nicoleruiz@hapgj.org; Marketa Zubkova, marketa@hapgj.org

The Hispanic Affairs Project, a regional non-profit organization, will continue to support community members with DACA and their families, despite the announcement by the Trump administration Tuesday that the program will expire on March 5, 2018.

Since the program was announced in 2012, over 17,000 Coloradans (about 800,000 people nationwide)1 have applied for and been accepted into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. DACA was created to give protection against deportation and a work permit to certain young people who arrived to the country as children and met other requirements, such as having no serious criminal record. Many individuals who are DACA recipients have lived in the United States most of their lives, and many have no memory of any other country. In partnership with local immigration attorneys and through its Board of Immigration Appeals low income immigration legal assistance accreditation, HAP itself has helped over 150 people in the region apply for DACA.

“The results, between 2012 and 2017,” says HAP member Diego Rubalcava-Alvarez, “have been beautiful. Sons and daughters of the Western Slope have gone off to college, or gotten jobs to support their families, just like any other young person. Although many in our community did not qualify for DACA, all of us benefited from having more young people unafraid to achieve their dreams.” Furthermore, many DACA recipients actively give back to their communities, and are key volunteers and leaders in organizations like HAP.

But in the aftermath of Tuesday’s decision by President Donald Trump and the announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions2, the Hispanic Affairs Project wants the community to know the following four key points:

  1. If you already have DACA, your DACA status and work permit will be valid until the expiration date listed on the documents

  2. If your DACA documents will expire before March 5, 2018, USCIS will only accept applications they receive before October 5, 2017

1 https://www.uscis.gov/tools/reports-studies/immigration-forms-data/data-set-form-i-821d-deferred-action- childhood-arrivals

2https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca Engaging the Immigrant and Refugee Communities in Western Colorado

300 N. Cascade Ave, Suite C-4, Montrose CO 81401 www.hapgj.org (970) 249.4115

  1. If you do not already have DACA, unfortunately you can no longer apply for the program

  2. Advance parole (permission to travel outside the country and return) will no longer be granted to DACA recipients

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