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? 

If you, or someone you know, may be affected by the Trump Administration's repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program:

For Those Who Have Not Yet Applied For DACA:

  • DHS will no longer accept first-time DACA applications filed on or after Sep. 6, 2017.
For Those With Pending DACA Applications:
  • DHS will continue to process and render decisions on first-time DACA applications received through Sep. 5, 2017.

For Current DACA Recipients:

  • DHS will honor current DACA grants and associated work permits through their
    expiration dates.
  • For current DACA recipients whose authorizations expire between Sep. 5, 2017 and Mar. 5, 2018, DHS will accept DACA renewal applications filed through Oct. 5, 2017. DHS
    will reject all renewal applications filed after that date.
  • Recipients whose DACA authorizations expire on or after Mar. 6, 2018 may not renew their authorizations. Once DACA recipients’ authorizations expire, they will become subject to removal like other removable individuals.

For Current DACA Recipients Seeking Or In Receipt Of Advance Parole:

  • DHS will no longer approve DACA recipients’ applications for advance parole. Advance parole allows DACA recipients to travel abroad without losing their DACA grants.
  • DHS will honor DACA recipients’ previously approved advance parole applications.

Notes On Legal Services For DACA Recipients: