Are you covered under DACA? Here is how President Trump’s decision affects you.

Understand

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has rescinded the 2012 memorandum that established the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” policy, otherwise known as “DACA.” This decision changes the rules on acceptance and processing of DACA-related applications. Since DACA protections were not enacted into law by Congress, the policy can be terminated or amended by the Executive Branch of the United States Government, headed by the President. President Trump and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke have created a “wind-down” mechanism to end the program, putting many DACA recipients in limbo. This guide aims to answer basic questions about the near-future of DACA as outlined by the Trump Administration.

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s my first time applying. Can I still apply for DACA?
No, applications for initial consideration are no longer being considered. The last date to submit an application was September 5, 2017.

My current status is expiring soon. Can I submit an application to renew my DACA status?
If your status expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, you may submit a renewal application. The Department of Homeland Security must receive your application no later than October 5, 2017. If the Department has received your application prior to this date, it will be processed and evaluated on a case by case basis. Applications received after October 5, 2017 will be automatically rejected. The Department must actually receive your application by October 5, and an application postmarked but not received before this deadline will be rejected. If your renewal period does not fall in this time frame, you cannot renew your status.  If you need help with your application, please click here for a list of organizations providing pro bono legal services.  

My current status and work authorization expires after March 5, 2018. Am I still eligible to renew?
No. The Department has stated that it will reject such renewals. 

I currently have a valid DACA status. Does this change to the policy mean that I automatically lose DACA?
No. If you have been previously given a status, this rescission does not impact your remaining validity.

I would like to travel outside of the United States as a DACA recipient. Can I apply for a travel document?
No. The Department is not accepting requests for advance parole. Current travel documents that are valid may be used for travel, but the Department has made it clear that Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will decide on the document holder’s admissibility.

Before any travel outside of the United States, speak to an attorney. Click here for a list of organizations providing pro bono legal services in Maryland.

I have a travel document application pending (Form I-131). When should I receive my travel document?
Documents for DACA-related cases will no longer be furnished. Advanced Parolee applications under DACA will be closed, and funds paid will be refunded.

I still have questions about the policy, its implications and how they relate to me and my family. Can you help me?
Legal questions specific to your case are best handled by a trusted attorney.  Click here for a list of organizations providing pro bono legal services in Maryland. Remember, a public notary is not an attorney.  My offices are unable to give legal advice, but can provide general guidance, explain the updated immigration policy and serve as a resource if you have questions. Please visit or call my Baltimore office to speak with someone. 
1010 Park Avenue, Suite 105. Baltimore, MD 21201  (410) 685-9199.

Is there a publicly available copy of the memorandum’s rescission? Where can I find it?
Yes, you can access a copy of the document online on DHS website. This document can be viewed here.  

Further, you can also find a copy of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ announcement online here

Lastly, it is important that you know your basic rights under the U.S. Constitution.  Click here for a guide explaining those rights.