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Immigration Research Guide: DACA

A guide to scholarly works, news, and government resources on the topic of immigration.

What was DACA?

"On Sept. 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiated the orderly phase out of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DHS will provide a limited, six-month window during which it will consider certain requests for DACA and applications for work authorization, under specific parameters. Read the memorandum from Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke for details. 

Next Steps for Phasing Out DACA

All DACA benefits are provided on a two-year basis, so individuals who currently have DACA will be allowed to retain both DACA and their work authorizations (EADs) until they expire.

USCIS will adjudicate, on an individual, case by case basis:

  • Properly filed pending DACA initial requests and associated applications for employment authorization documents (EADs) that have been accepted as of Sept. 5, 2017.
  • Properly filed pending DACA renewal requests and associated applications for EADs from current beneficiaries that have been accepted as of the date of this memorandum, and from current beneficiaries whose benefits will expire between Sept. 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 that have been accepted as of Oct. 5, 2017.

Individuals who have not submitted an application by Sept. 5, for an initial request under DACA may no longer apply. USCIS will reject all applications for initial requests received after Sept. 5.


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Community Events about DACA

Immigrants' Rights Teach In at CUNY School of Law

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics:

November 2, 2017, 5:30-8pm

CUNY School of Law Auditorium 

2 Court Square, Long Island City, NY


ACA and Immigration Reform Town Hall

September 27th @ 6pm-7:30pm
University Center Ballroom 201
 A conversation with DACA recipients, immigration lawyers and community organizers.  Sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement and the DACA, International & Immigration Task force 

Long Island 3rd Dreamers Conference 2017 

Date: Friday, Oct 20th, 2017 Time: 9am to 2pm
Location: Nassau Community College, One Education Drive, Garden City NY 11530.

"Long Island Immigrant Student Advocates Inc. (LIISA) is a nonprofit organization committed to equality and the right to a higher education for all students. Our purpose is to Educate, Empower and Engage youth, educators and the community to take action and create a stronger, more diverse leadership movement on Long Island.

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