Hope for dreamers

People march outside the White House Aug. 15 at a rally calling on President Donald Trump to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters) See WASHINGTON-LETTER-DACA Aug. 18, 2017.

On September 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, will be phased out. DACA offers young adults who came to the U.S. before the age of 16, who have been here for many years, the opportunity to be protected from deportation. Those who are approved for DACA also receive a work permit and can continue their education beyond high school. DHS will provide a limited, six-month window during which it will consider certain requests for DACA and applications for work permits. The phase out plan will provide for current DACA beneficiaries whose DACA approval expires between now and March 5, 2018 to be able to apply for a two-year renewal, as long as they do so by October 5, 2017. No new initial applications will be accepted.

Embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, Catholic Charities of Central Florida’s Legal Immigration Services is committed to our immigrant communities and providing legal counsel with dignity and respect. Please contact the Legal Immigration Services Program at 407-658-0110 or Legalservices@cflcc.org if you need assistance in completing your renewal applications or if you have any questions regarding the DACA program.