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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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DACA Updates

JFS put together a list of DACA-related resources that can help you prepare. Please find this list below.  We will periodically be updating this webpage so check back regularly.

We want you to know the Immigration Services Department specifically, and JFS generally, continue to be available to assist and support you and our community. Please, feel free to contact our legal team with any concerns or questions. We have included our direct department contact information below, as well as the JFS Access line for non-immigration related resources.

If you are a DACA recipient within 150 days of expiration of your work permit we can help you reapply.

Immigration Line: (858) 637-3365

Higher Education Legal Services Line: (858) 637-3345 (for those who are a Community College or California State University student or affiliate)

Access Line: (858) 637-3210

There is ongoing litigation on the matter of whether Chad Wolf had the authority to issue the July 28, 2020 DACA memo.  That litigation is ongoing and pending briefing due December 1, 2020.  We hope to know more after that time.  Unfortunately, that means that the rules under the July 28, 2020 memo are still applicable at this time.  The July 28, 2020 DACA memo rules are:

  • Reject all initial DACA requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents, and refund all associated fees, without prejudice to re-filing such requests should DHS determine to begin accepting initial requests again in the future.
  • Adjudicate all pending and future properly submitted DACA renewal requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents from current beneficiaries.
  • Limit the period of any deferred action granted pursuant to the DACA policy after the issuance of this memorandum (and thereby limit the period of any associated work authorization) to one year.
  • Refrain from terminating any grants of previously issued deferred action or revoking any Employment Authorization Documents based solely on the directives in this memorandum for the remaining duration of their validity periods.
  • Reject all pending and future Form I-131 applications for advance parole from beneficiaries of the DACA policy and refund all associated fees, absent exceptional circumstances.
  • Refrain from terminating any grants of previously approved advance parole based solely on the directives in this memorandum for the remaining duration of their validity periods.
  •  Exercise its discretionary authority to terminate or deny deferred action at any time when immigration officials determine termination or denial of deferred action is appropriate.
  • Continue to comply with the information-sharing policy as reflected in the DACA Frequently Asked Questions issued alongside the Napolitano Memorandum, and as set forth in USCIS’s Form I-821D instructions. Nothing in this memorandum makes any change to that policy.

Note on privacy:
While we encourage an open discussion about DACA to provide those affected by the Supreme Court’s decision with a safe space in which they can be heard and supported, allies must remember the importance of confidentiality when assisting someone who is undocumented or DACAmented. For that reason, if someone confides in you about their immigration status or the status of a family member, do not share their information, unless you have received express consent to do.