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  1. DACA Weekly - September 17

    DACA Field Report

    Here are our most recent entries from the DACA Field Report:


    USCIS Clarifies DACA: Social Security Numbers, Advance Parole and Amount of Evidence

    DACA Numbers Game

    Arizona's Prop 300, Its Effect On GED Seekers And Future DACA Applicants

    Comments from our Readers - "The Double Edged Sword of Annual Income"

    Obama Promise On The Line

    Host a DACA Workshop in your Community

    If you would like to share your reports with what's going on in your community and city regarding deferred action, send them to

    DACA Calendar of Events

    Date and Time

    University of Illinois at Chicago, Latino Cultural Center B2, 803 S Morgan (East Side of Campus), Chicago, IL 60607
    Sep 18, 6pm-8pm

    Little Tokyo Branch Library, 203 S. Los Angeles Street Los Angeles, 90012
    Sep 20, 5:30pm-7:30pm

    We have organizations ready to host workshops in the following cities: San Francisco CA, Indianapolis IN, New Orleans LA, Detroit MI, Raleigh NC, Manhattan NY, Portland OR, Aiken SC, Austin TX, San Antonio TX, Harrisonburg VA.

    Attorneys: If you would like to talk in any of the cities listed above or organize an event in your city, contact us at

    We have attorneys already signed up to speak in the following cities: Phoenix AZ, Oxnard CA, Cinncinati OH, Milwaukee/ Racine WI.

    Organizations: If you would like to host a DACA workshop in any of the cities listed above or organize an event in your city, contact us at

    To see our full calendar of events, including informative sessions, legal clinics and webinars, that are taking place across the nation on deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), see here.
    To submit your event, please email us at

    Articles and News on DACA

    Article: Up to 1.7 Million Unauthorized Immigrant Youth May Benefit from New Deportation Rules by Jeffrey Passel and Mark Hugo Lopez

    Article: DACA Approvals Being Mailed... But How Many? by Matthew Kolken

    Article: First DACA Cases Approved by Greg Siskind

    News: USCIS Releases DACA Statistics

    News: USCIS Updates DACA FAQs

    News: Social Security Administration Releases Guidance On SSN For DACA Recipients

    DACA on Twitter

    Headline: DHS approves 29 people for delayed deportation

    Headline: Don't forget to like our DACA Field Report to get the latest news on DACA and get the convo going!

    Headline: 5 Issues Every Employer Must Know About DACA

    Headline: : Of the 1.7 Million DACA-Eligible Individuals, Only 40,000 Applications Submitted

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  2. DACA Numbers Game

    The New York Times reports that 72,000 applications for deferred action for childhood arrivals have been received in the first three weeks of the program. Additionally, USCIS Director Mayorkas indicated that a small number of approvals has been already granted even though this figure has not been disclosed yet. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that the number of applications received was 40,000. It is possible that this figure might have included only forms that were adjudicated and did not include forms in the feeing stage. Mr. Mayorkas states that his agency was expecting a higher number of applications and had prepared its 18,000 employees for the task. However, the complexity of the forms, fear to put their family members at deportation risk, and the steep USCIS adjudication fees has deterred many eligible individuals from applying to the program. Mr. Mayorkas stated that "If somebody submits documents that show by the preponderance of the evidence that they meet the guidelines, we are poised to move the cases as quickly as possible." We expect that the number of applications received will be higher in November and December. We look forward to receiving the figures of the actual applications approved and EADs issued, which might be what eligible people who are on the fence about applying might be waiting for. Stay tuned to Immigration Daily for the latest developements on DACA.
  3. DACA Events In Your City

    With the recent news regarding the first group of undocumented youth who been granted deferred action, the need for legal assistance has increased on the grounds. The forms involved in applying for deferred action for childhood arrivals, known as DACA, may look simple, but some issues that are extremely common amongst undocumented youth might need some legal guidance. The Deferred Action program announced on June 15 does not have an appeal process, so getting it right the first time is vital. ILW.COM in conjunction with several attorneys and community-based organizations will be hosting workshops across the nation where attendees will have the opportunity to ask their questions about deferred action to attorneys. Here are the upcoming dates:

    Sep 15, 12pm: Norman F. Feldheym, 555 West 6th Street San Bernardino, CA 92410
    Sep 15, 12pm: Esther Snyder Community Center 4100 Baldwin Park Boulevard, Baldwin Park, CA 91706
    Sep 16, 2pm: Bensenville Community Public Library 200 S. Church Road, Bensenville, IL 60106
    Sep 18, 6pm: University of Illinois at Chicago, Latino Cultural Center B2, Chicago, IL 60607
    Sep 20, 5:30pm: Little Tokyo Branch Library, 203 S. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, 90012

    To find more details, see here. If you or someone you know is looking for more information about deferred action, please forward this information to them. If you are an organization helping DACA eligible youth, please forward this information to your members. We look forward to seeing you at the workshops and helping undocumented youth benefit from DACA! If you have any questions please email
  4. USCIS Clarifies DACA: Social Security Numbers, Advance Parole and Amount of Evidence

    USCIS has just released an updated FAQ that addresses important concerns many undocumented young people have and that have delayed their application submission. Some of the most important questions answered include:
    New - Q2: May I travel outside of the United States before USCIS has determined whether to defer action in my case?
    New - Q3: If my case is deferred pursuant to the consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals process, will I be able to travel outside of the United States?
    New - Q9. How should I fill out question nine (9) on the Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization? 
    New - Q3. To prove my continuous residence in the United States since June 15, 2007, must I provide evidence documenting my presence for every day, or every month, of that period?
    New - Q4. If I provide my employee with information regarding his or her employment to support a request for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals, will that information be used for immigration enforcement purposes against me and/or my company?
    To read all the answers, see here.

  5. Arizona’s Prop 300, Its Effect On GED Seekers And Future DACA Applicants

    The following DACA field report comes from Carmen Cornejo of Dream Act Arizona:
    About two years ago I was asked by a non-profit organization
    to craft an advocacy agenda on education issues since my work for the DREAM Act
    eligible youth is well known in Arizona, and immigrant youth is such an important
    part our education system and communities. 
    One of the issues I brought up to the surprise of my fellow board
    members was the concern for Arizona's high dropout rate among Hispanics and the
    need to make stronger efforts promoting the integration of those individuals
    through GED certification programs. 
    According to a 2010
    study by Migration Policy Institute (MPI) around 100,000 undocumented youth
    live in Arizona, at different educational levels. Currently Arizona has an
    average High School
    completion rate of 72.5% being the Hispanic community the one with the highest
    percentage of High Schools drop outs. One of the factors that without doubt  influence the below national average
    completion rates for High School is that many of the students attending K-12
    education are undocumented and get discouraged to continue their education by  the implementation of anti immigrant laws that
    put barriers to accessing post-secondary education.
    In 2007 the Arizona voters passed Prop.
    300, one of the first state anti-immigrant laws to target the education of
    undocumented students.  Prop 300 denied
    state funding for undocumented students and practically tripled the tuition to
    post secondary education for students that could not prove legal status in
    Arizona. Other of the lesser known educational elements this proposition
    affected was adult education. 
    DREAM Advocates like myself always tried to encourage young
    immigrants to finish their High School and obtain a diploma since K-12
    education has been protected by Supreme Court ruling Plyler v. Doe and our knowledge of the effects of Prop 300 on
    remedial tools as adult education, GED instruction certification and post
    secondary education in general.
    President Obama's announcement on June 15th 2012 granting
    legal presence to undocumented young immigrants though Deferred Action for
    Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the subsequent guidelines issued brought a new and
    sudden interest in GED education. Now the minimal educational requirement for
    DACA applicants is a high school diploma or a GED.  According to USCIS guidelines and
    interpretation from practicing immigration lawyers, young immigrants can apply
    to DACA when they can probe they are enrolled in a GED program.
    Suddenly this tool for remedial certification became
    important for many.  Demand overwhelmed
    the current GED outlets, burdened by the limitations imposed by Prop 300. Institutions
    and non-profit organizations have been revising their models for offering GED
    to future DACA applicants and at three months of the DACA announcement, slowly started
    to increase the number of GED classes On Line and in regular classroom
    settings.  Institutions have been
    revising enrollment, funding and id requirements in order to be compliant with
    prop. 300. Due to Prop. 300 GED programs in Arizona are not being offered for
    free for people who cannot prove legal status.  State money is not being allocated for these
    classes.  The Arizona Department of
    education has issued guidelines to ID requirements when the GED classes and
    tests are being paid for. Young immigrants seeking GED instruction and
    certification in order to apply for DACA have being confronted with
    unscrupulous organizations or businesses that offer instruction for high price
    and which accreditations is questionably. Established GED outlets from
    community colleges and school districts are starting to offer tuition options,
    some of them making extraordinary efforts to offer instruction for an affordable
    Using social media tools DREAM Act advocates like myself,
    are communicating these options for GED seekers since we have little to no-resources. 
    In spite of the obstacles we are determined to integrate
    more young immigrants to the GED instruction so they can apply to the Deferred
    Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process and increase the educational level
    of this segment of the population.  This
    is an opportunity we all can benefit from. 
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