Protecting DREAMers


President Trump’s cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program creates a moral emergency for our nation. Some 800,000 DACA recipients brought to the United States as children are today vital members of our communities and economy. They are as American as any of us – except for paperwork. President Trump’s decision to turn his back on them betrays our national character.

As the Senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, Zoe is working hard to grant DREAMers the legal status and path to citizenship that they deserve. The only question is whether Republicans will join the right side of history.

  • In July, Zoe introduced the American Hope Act to provide a permanent legislative solution for the more than 800,000 young people enrolled in DACA and put thousands of others on a path to earn permanent legal residency and eventual citizenship if they meet certain requirements. 
  • Zoe is an original cosponsor of the DREAM Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill allowing certain U.S.-raised immigrant youth to earn lawful permanent residence and American citizenship. Democrats have made passage of a clean DREAM Act a top priority. 
  • Following the election of Donald Trump, Zoe called on President Obama use the President’s pardon authority to protect DREAMers from deportation

What does DACA repeal mean for you?

Can I submit a first-time application for DACA?

If you have never had DACA before, you may not submit an application now. Only people who have had DACA at some point in the past can submit a renewal application.

I have DACA. Can I apply for advance parole?

USCIS will not accept advance parole applications from DACA recipients.

Can I submit an application to renew DACA?

If you were granted DACA, you may submit an application to renew your DACA. You must also meet the following requirements in order to qualify for DACA renewal:

  • You must not have departed the U.S. on or after August 15, 2012, without first having been granted advance parole.
  • You must have resided continuously in the U.S. from the time you submitted the initial request for DACA up until the present time.
  • You must not have been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and must not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.