In 2012, President Obama signed an executive action granting protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of individuals who came to the U.S. as children. The program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has benefitted nearly 8,000 undocumented individuals in Tennessee. DACA has been a lifeline allowing individuals to work, drive, and more fully participate in their communities.
During his campaign, President-elect Trump promised to end DACA. Since the program was established through an executive action, it is not a law, and he does not require congressional approval to terminate DACA. At this time, we do not have any more information about his plans to end DACA, but we cannot wait and see what happens.
If you are a DACA recipient or are thinking about applying for the first time, please visit our guidance document here: Q&A Post-Election: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). En Espanol.
We will also be providing regular and timely updates as they become available so please check back frequently.
The following resources are also available from our partners:
- United We Dream: Five Important Things You Need to Know About DACA During a Trump Presidency
- National Immigration Law Center: Nuevas preguntas y respuestas sobre DACA, ahora que Trump es el presidente electo
Get a Legal Screening
Approximately 15% of DACA recipients are eligible for other forms of relief that could grant a permanent immigration status. If you think you might be eligible, please call us and we can refer you to a trusted legal service provider who can perform a legal screening. Please be aware that many notarios are trying to take advantage of these uncertain times, so be careful. Call us if you have any questions or concerns: (615) 414-1030.
Fight for DACA
DACA is under threat. We are prepared to fight for DACA, but we NEED you! If you are a DACA recipient, it is more important than ever that you share your story to demonstrate how DACA has benefitted you, your family, and your community. Through this form, we are gathering stories of DACA recipients from all over Tennessee, and we will present these stories to our elected officials, businesses, and others who can stand with us and fight for DACA. The more we can demonstrate the positive impact DACA has had on our lives, families, and local communities, the harder it will be for the next president to cancel the program. Please share your story and help us #Fight4DACA. Show our elected officials that we are #HeretoStay.
Share your story by visiting: Fight For DACA: Our Story is Our Power
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