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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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DACA Updates

As you may be aware, we are currently waiting for the Supreme Court of the United States to release its decision regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This decision will ultimately determine whether the DACA program will end or continue to provide thousands of young adults with protection from deportation and a work permit, renewable every two years. Although we cannot predict the exact date when the Supreme Court will release its decision, we know that it can be any day now.

Therefore, as we continue to wait for a decision, Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) wants you to know that we are here to support you and other DACA recipients, especially during this time. We understand that this time is full of uncertainty and fear as we do not know what the future of the DACA program will be. However, even though we do not know what the Supreme Court will ultimately decide, we encourage you to prepare for any outcome.

For this reason, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible if you need to renew your DACA application before the Supreme Court makes its final decision. Unfortunately, initial DACA applications are not being accepted at this time.

In the meantime, our team 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.

Lastly, 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.

 

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

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.

Community Conversation
Understanding the Supreme Court Decision On DACA:
What Happens Next?

Date/Time: Monday, June 22  |  3:00 – 4:30pm

Panelists:

  • Leah Chavarria, Esq., Director of Immigration Services Immigration Attorney, Jewish Family Service
  • Jairo Castañeda, Esq., Lead Attorney, Higher Education Legal Services, Jewish Family Service
  • Claudia Cuevas, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Cynthia Torres, Coordinator of Undocumented Resource Area (URA) at SDSU
  • Leticia A. Díaz, M.A., Director of EOPS and Special Programs, San Diego Mesa College
  • Daniel Alfaro, Program Manager of Undocumented Student Services, UCSD

Moderator: Vanessa Piñeda, Outreach Manager for Breaking Down Barriers, Jewish Family Service

In this Community Conversation, our panel of immigration experts and advocates will summarize the court ruling and the immediate effects it has on DACA recipients, discuss the emotional impact of the decision, and connect participants to helpful immigration resources. Join us to ask questions, share your feelings, and talk about what happens next for the 700,000+ DACA recipients who call the United States home.