Last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released new guidelines for eligible young people to renew their temporary status under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), granting them the ability to live and work in the United States without constant fear of deportation. As you might remember, LIRS proudly advocated for the program that allows DREAMers to step out of the shadows and become visible members of our congregations and communities.
USCIS recommends that current DACA holders file their renewal documents 150 to 120 days before their status expires to avoid lapses in legal status. All renewal documents and eligibility guidelines can be found on their website, along with frequently asked questions.
Today, two years after President Obama announced DACA, we are uplifted by stories like Dayanna Robolledo’s, a DACA recipient who came to the United States when she was nine years old. Dayanna will soon graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. She recently spoke with Alaide Vilchis Ibarra, LIRS Advocacy Intern, about what DACA has meant to her. In her own words:
[Receiving DACA] makes me feel good because I am able to take opportunities that come my way and not have to turn them down or miss out because I [don’t] have the proper documentation.
Hundreds of young migrants like Dayanna are now able to pursue their dreams in the country where they grew up thanks to DACA. However, we know this is only a temporary solution and continue to fight for long-term just and humane immigration reform that will allow those young people and their families an earned roadmap to U.S. citizenship.
Please join us in telling Congress that people of faith want immigration reform that acknowledges the dignity and humanity of all of God’s children. Use our Action Center to urge your member of Congress to support immigration reform that includes a roadmap to citizenship or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.