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DACA: The Biggest Mistake People Who Don't Apply for DACA Make

 I meet a lot of people who I know qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), but who have not applied for that status who all made the same mistake. 

Visualizing DACA

This map provides a visualization of data collected last year on where DACA applicants were from in the United States and which countries were their homelands:

The map gives a good sense of where renewal efforts have to be strongest and in which communities.

Pat Young is an attorney at CARECEN.

Study: DACA Improving Young People's Lives

A new study shows that DACA, at just two years old, is already having a substantial impact on immigrants lives. Here are some of the reports most important findings:

New Jobs

Peak Time for DACA Renewals Soon

Immigrants who received work permits under the DACA program are supposed to renew their work permits four to five months before they expire. The Brookings Institute has prepared a fascinating graph of when renweals of DACA should peak. Here it is, along with their explanation:

Turn 15? You May Now Be DACA-Eligible

Since President Obama first authorized the granting of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) two years ago, between 100,000 and 140,000 children who were not eligible to apply on the first day of the program have become eligible to apply. Unfortunately many of them do not know it. 

The DACA Advantage: Driving

So many undocumented immigrants say that their lives would improve if they could get a driver's license. They could get a better job, pick their kids up from school, and take trips. In places like Long Island and Upstate New York, a license seems like a necessity. It is tough to go to see a doctor or even visit a house of worship without it. Long distances and poor public transportation leave many undocumented immigrants stranded in the suburbs or in farm country.. 

The DACA Advantage: Travel Inside the U.S.

The DACA Advantage: Getting a Social Security Card

There are a lot of advantages to applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Everyone knows that DACA stops you from being deported and that it gets you a work authorization, but I wanted to look at some of the other not-so-obvious benefits. One of the biggest is getting a Social Security card. 

Free DACA Clinics in Nassau this Weekend


This coming weekend the New York Immigration Coalition will be offering two free DACA clinics in Nassau County. The clinics will offer help in applying for DACA for the first time or in renewing DACA applications. The first clinic will be on Saturday at St. Brigid's School in Westbury. This one is held in conjunction with CARECEN which will be offering help applying for citizenship as well. 

Suffolk DACA: Meeting the Educational Requirements for DACA in Suffolk

Yesterday I wrote about how undocumented immigrants in Nassau County can meet the education requirements for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrrivals (DACA). Today, I wanted to look at how immigrants in Suffolk can qualify.

DACA Renewal Questions Answered

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) has prepared a the answers to the most common questions those who have already received DACA have about renewing their work permits. You can access the entire set of questions and answers here. Here is the most common question I get asked in my immigration law practice about renewing:

Can I submit an application to renew DACA?

Nassau DACA: Meeting the Education Requirement in Nassau

Erick Marroquin of CARECEN was the researcher for the article.

Smartphone Apps Help You Figure Out if You Are DACA-Eligible


Many busy immigrants who might be eligible to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) have not done so because they are afraid they are not eligible. They may not want to waste a day’s pay to go to a lawyer to be screened. Now, there is a new App for smartphones that can help you self-screen for DACA eligibility. This way you will know before you go to an agency of lawyer if you are likely to qualify.

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