On July 16, 2021, federal district court Judge Andrew Hanen
issued his decision in Texas v. U.S. The case had been brought
by Texas and a number of other states challenging the validity of the DACA
program. The district court ruled that the DACA program is unlawful, but put
part of its decision on hold. The important message from this ruling is
that if you have current DACA status, your DACA status remains
valid, and you can continue to work and to renew your status while
anticipated legal processes play out. For people eligible for
DACA but who have not already been approved under the program,
the court’s decision prohibits DHS from approving any new DACA applications.
Additional court actions are expected based on the July 16 decision.
On July 17, 2021, President Biden issued a statement that the
“Department of Justice intends to appeal this decision in order
to preserve and fortify DACA,” and called on Congress to act.
You can read the statement here.
Please click here to read our community advisory in English. You can view the announcement we released on July 16, 2021 on our Facebook page by clicking here or playing the video below. Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for updates as we process the court’s decision.
Cuando nuestro aviso a la comunidad sobre la decisión en el caso de Texas v. U.S. esté listo en español, podrá encontrarlo siguiendo el enlace aquí. Mientras tanto, puede visitar nuestra página Facebook para encontrar el anuncio que presentamos el viernes 16 de julio de 2021, o también puede encontrar el video aquí abajo.
NWIRP’s Free Monthly DACA Clinics: NWIRP offers free monthly virtual
DACA clinics to assist clients seeking to renew their DACA status. Due to the
current COVID-19 crisis, all clinics remain virtual at this time. To secure a
spot in one of our virtual DACA clinics, call the DREAMLine (1-855-313-7326)
from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. Please contact us at least six months
before your DACA status is set to expire to minimize the risk of a lapse in your
DACA status. (Please note that NWIRP is not assisting with initial DACA
applications at this time.)
How to Complete A DACA Renewal
This video from the ILRC details how to complete a DACA renewal application packet
by walking through the various forms’ questions to highlight what they mean and focus
on areas worth paying close attention to.
DACA Application Forms
This is the USCIS webpage containing the forms you will need to complete to apply for DACA.
If you cannot afford the fee to renew your DACA status, there may be
organizations that can help you. At the present, the Mexican Consulate
in Seattle is providing financial assistance with the DACA application
fee for Mexico nationals. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
including your name, telephone and copies of the following documents:
Mexican birth certificate, identification form (passport, consular document
or state ID), and a letter from an attorney or nonprofit organization
verifying eligibility for DACA (or a copy of your work permit and DACA
documents if you are requesting a DACA renewal).
General DACA Information
ILRC's DACA Toolbox This is a resource where you can access answers
to questions related to DACA.