What does the U.S. vs Texas Decision Mean?
The block of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) remains in place.
- Nationwide, out of the 11.5 undocumented people, 5 million would not benefit
- Including family members, 12 million+ people are affected
- The 2012 DACA program is still in effect
- Qualified people can continue to apply and renew DACA
What can we do without Expanded DACA and DAPA?
- Do not despair
- Most undocumented immigrants are not the focus of ICE deportation priorities
- Visit a trusted legal services representative to see if you are eligible for the 2012 DACA program or other immigration relief options
- Learn about your rights if approached by ICE
- Suggestions from one of our national partners of ways to protect oneself here.
- Obey the law, stay out of trouble, and don’t leave the U.S. without consulting a trusted immigration lawyer. Do not drive after drinking any alcohol.
- Begin securing a strong record of your presence in the U.S.
- Regularly gather & update documentation to use as proof.
- Make your voice heard, get involved. Keep on fighting!
Eligibility for Other Forms of Immigration Relief
- Did you know that 14% of people eligible for DACA were found to be eligible for other immigration relief options, too?
- Other immigration options may help people get a work permit, protection from deportation, and in some cases, lawful permanent residence (a “green card”)
- Speak to an experienced lawyer or BIA accredited representative to see if you are eligible for other immigration relief options
- For more click here.
What can our communities do now? Together!
- Get out and vote. If you can’t vote, encourage your family and friends to vote.
- Encourage eligible lawful permanent residents to become U.S. citizens.
- Volunteer and help people register. Help out at citizenship clinics and other immigration legal assistance events.
- Organize! And engage in the civic and political process. Let elected officials hear from us about issues that matter and affect our communities.
The Fight Continues!
- Remember that DACA and DAPA were our communities’ victory and only possible because we made it happen.
- We must continue to fight for sensible and humane immigration reform.