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Message on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

You may have heard in the news recently that the Trump Administration announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be ending in March 2018, without Congressional action. This impacts almost 800,000 young people who entered the U.S. before age 16 who had temporary protection from deportation and work authorization. Mercy College cherishes, and will protect, the dignity of all members of the College community. The College was founded by the Sisters of Mercy to serve immigrants and anyone determined enough to earn a better place in life. Mercy has been and will remain an institution devoted to helping anyone build a future for themselves and their families in this country. While Congress may act and pass a permanent protection for this group of young people, the resources below are to aid our undocumented students who have questions about DACA now. 


Kevin Joyce
Vice President of Student Affairs

The following content does not substitute for the advice of an immigration expert.
What is DACA
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.  More details available here.

If You Do Not Have DACA or a DACA Application Pending
You cannot apply. The program has been terminated and new applications are no longer being accepted by USCIS.

If You Have DACA That Expires on or Before March 5, 2018.
If you have DACA and a work permit that expires on or before March 5, 2018, you can apply for a 2-year renewal, but
your application must be received on or before October 5, 2017.

If You Have DACA That Expires After March 5, 2018
If your DACA and work permit expire after March 5, 2018, you are not eligible for an extension and your DACA, work authorization, and protection from deportation will expire on the date shown on your DACA Approval notice and work permit.

If You Have a DACA Application Pending
If you have a DACA application that was received at USCIS on or before September 5, 2017, your application will continue to be processed.

If You Have DACA and a Valid Advance Parole Travel Document
If you have DACA and have a currently valid advance parole document, you may still use the document to travel and return to the U.S. as long as you return BEFORE the
document expires. However, even with a valid travel document, U.S. Customs and Border Protection can still refuse to let you in. Before you travel, speak to a qualified immigration lawyer.

If You Have an Advance Parole Travel Document Application Pending
USCIS will no longer process or approve applications for advance parole for DACA recipients. If you have an application for DACA-based advance parole pending
as of September 5, 2017, USCIS will close the application and return the filing fees to you.

Your DACA Can Be Terminated at Any Time
Even with valid DACA and a valid work permit, the government can terminate your DACA and work permit at any time if it believes you are
no longer eligible or for any other reason.

Talk to a Lawyer
Talk to an immigration lawyer as soon as possible. You may be eligible for another type of status. Members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
(AILA) report that up to 30% of people screened for DACA were eligible for something better and more permanent. Before making any decisions which could impact your future status, speak to a lawyer.