The Facts

Find out the specifics of Deferred Action.
Learn if you are eligible, what it takes to apply, how criminal records could affect you and the risks involved.

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As of April 2013, USCIS has received 515,922 applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and has approved 96.5% of them. When the program was announced almost a year ago, the number of young people eligible for DACA was estimated at 1.76 million. This means that less than one third of eligible DREAMers are taking advantage of this opportunity to receive relief from deportation and employment authorization.

“Kids are just not applying for DACA anymore…they seem to be waiting for immigration reform,” says immigration attorney Sarah Monty.

At a recent free DACA application workshop organized by Neighborhood Centers Inc. and sponsored by Houston law firm Monty & Ramirez, only 25 young people showed up to fill out their applications with assistance from pro-bono immigration attorneys. Likewise, Protectors of the Dream, a non-profit organization in Houston that provides grants to cover application fees has seen its number of applicants go down to only 60 in its most recent round, compared to 110 and 130 in the first two rounds. In total, Protectors of the Dream has awarded 50 grants totaling $23,250 to its selected winners.

So what are kids waiting for? Immigration reform?

If the current proposed senate bill passes, individuals who have already been granted DACA may apply for Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status in an expedited way. They would not have to pay any application fees or penalties and they would receive RPI status by simply undergoing a background check.

To be clear, by applying for DACA and paying $465 now, young DREAMers will avoid paying additional processing fees and the proposed $1,000 penalty.

So DREAMers should apply for DACA now for two main reasons:

  1. Immigration Reform is not yet a reality. DACA is.
  2. Financially, if immigration reform passes and you are a DACA recipient, you could save more than $1,000.

So DREAMers, what are you waiting for?

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Dreamers Pledge

  • I pledge to live in the light because I will soon be able to live out of the shadows, in the United States of America, the country which I have adopted as my own.
  • I will strive to reach my maximum potential for I know that in me are deposited the hopes and dreams of my family and my community.
  • I understand that I will be held to a higher standard of behavior than others and I vow to carry out my personal life always exhibiting only exemplary comportment in my daily life.
  • I will only seek out the company of those who also walk in the light.
  • I will remain engaged to the plight of those who are forced to live in the shadows so that one day they too may walk out of the shadows.

Thank You For Protecting The Dream:

These are the protectors of the dream