Moving Forward Together

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)


On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order that demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s full support of DACA and ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to issue new guidance to fortify and preserve the DACA program. This means unless there is a negative decision from the Texas lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of DACA, all types of DACA applications and associated advance parole applications will continue to be accepted.

The Acting Secretary of DHS also issued directives stating that deportation action should be focused only on those who are deemed to be national security, border security, or public safety threat (e.g. someone committing or believed to commit crimes such as smuggling, trafficking, violence, or threats of violence, etc.) until DHS issues more specific guidelines on priorities for removal (deportation) enforcement. This means, that if you are undocumented and are not deemed to be a threat to the nation, border, or public safety then you should not be sought after by ICE. This is a complete turnaround from the prior 4 years under the previous administration who sought to enforce the removal of any undocumented person.

We will not know the details of how DHS will implement any of the Executive Orders until DHS issues memorandums setting out those details. We expect more immigration-focused Executive Orders to be signed on January 29th.

There is no more information on the legislation that was announced and before that legislation can mean anything, it must pass congress, so DO NOT pay anyone any money to help you file any sort of application for *new* types of immigration relief.

We will send out more communication as we learn more details.

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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)



On June 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would not deport certain undocumented youth who came to the United States as children. Under a directive from the DHS secretary, these youth may be granted a type of temporary permission to stay in the U.S. called “deferred action.” The Obama administration called this program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

The following link provides the latest information related to DACA and this court case.


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.

DACA Update & Know Your Rights

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