Thousands of Dreamers Affected by DACA Renewal Deadline

Thousands of Dreamers Affected by DACA Renewal Deadline

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Gregory R. Kepferle, CEO of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, speaks with the press about the urgency for qualified Dreamers to renew their DACA applications.

There were about 800,000 DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) applicants in the U.S. and 154,000 based on U.S. immigration trends, qualified for renewal during the limited time frame imposed by the administration. The renewal deadline for DACAs – also referred to as Dreamers – with work permits that expire between Sept. 5, and/or before March 5, 2018 was Oct. 5, 2017.

In California, there were about 223,000 DACA applicants, according to the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, while in Santa Clara County, there were about 4,620 eligible DACA applicants.

Catholic Charities’ Immigration Legal Services has served 1,500 DACA clients since 2012. One of the largest service providers for the immigration community in Santa Clara County, Immigration Legal Services served as many Dreamers as possible by providing renewal workshops and individual consultations during the four-week deadline to renew after the administration announced plans to end the DACA program.

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County stands with immigrants and their families. Our faith tradition leads us to support and serve the most vulnerable. Our experience working with immigrants, and especially youth and young adults who have been recipients of DACA, has shown us how great a contribution socially and economically these young people offer our country and communities.

Catholic Charities will continue to support immigrants by providing the most up-to-date and accurate information available regarding the White House administration’s decision to rescind DACA and to inform them about other potential legal remedies.
Learn more about Catholic Charities’ Immigration Legal Services at
catholiccharitiesscc.org/immigration-legal-services.