Atlanta stands with DREAMers. On September 5, 2017, President Trump rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Atlanta is committed to providing true, useful, and timely information for the benefit of its DREAMers. Check here for updated information about legal rights and resources, City of Atlanta policies, and DACA facts and statistics.
Last updated 09/13/2017.
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DREAMer Legal Rights & Resources
Use the resources and links in this section to learn about the rights of immigrants (authorized or unauthorized).
1) Top 5 Things To Know About President Trump’s Announcement To End DACA
On September 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on behalf of the entire Trump Administration, announced an end to the DACA program. Here are the top 5 things to know about his announcement, courtesy of Here To Stay:
DACA and work permits (Employment Authorization Documents) will remain valid until its expiration date. To determine when your DACA and work permit expires, look at your I-795 Approval Notice and the bottom of your Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
2. No new DACA applications will be accepted.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) no longer will accept or process first-time applications after September 5, 2017.
3. DACA issuances and work permits expiring between now and March 5, 2018 must be submitted for renewal by October 5, 2017.
If you have a permit that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, you must apply for a two-year renewal of your DACA by Octb
4. Advance Parole to travel abroad is no longer available.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer grant DACA recipients permission to travel abroad through Advance Parole. Any pending applications for advance parole will not be processed and DHS will refund any associated fees.
5. We are united in this fight.
You are not alone. We mobilized, organized, and marched five years ago for DACA, and we will continue to do everything in our power to protect immigrant youth and their families across the country. Visit www.weareheretostay.org for resources to help you and your loved ones take care of yourselves in this difficult time as well as information on what you can do to take action now.
Find more general information on recent DACA changes in the Facts & Statistics About DACA section.
2) Know your rights when …
… you have been stopped by police, immigration agents, or the FBI.
… Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are at your door.
… you are being questioned about your immigration status.
3) Know how to support the rights of others.
4) General Legal Resources
5) Resource Providers in Georgia
If you need legal assistance, you can consult our list of resource providers and organizations in Georgia.
Check the Department of Homeland Security website for all official materials related to current DACA policy, including the press release of the rescission of DACA, a letter from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a statement from Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, and a memorandum on the rescission of DACA.
For a timeline of federal DACA policy as well as details on individual states’ policies on DREAMers’ health care, in-state tuition, and state professional licenses, visit the National Conference of State Legislatures website.
Navigate to this webpage for a timeline of Georgia policy on in-state tuition and university enrollment for undocumented students, including an overview of current policy.
City of Atlanta Policy
Read Mayor Kasim Reed’s statement in response to President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA. For further information on Mayor Reed’s views, visit his Twitter page. To see how Mayor Reed’s views align with those of officials from other cities and regions, visit Cities for Action.
Facts & Statistics About DACA
What is DACA?
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is an immigration policy put in place by President Obama in 2012. Under the program, qualifying undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children were spared from deportation and made eligible for renewable work permits and driver’s licenses. There are nearly 800,000 DACA recipients who call the United States their home.
Who are DREAMers?
DREAMers are unauthorized immigrants who have not necessarily been granted deferred action for childhood arrival. There are 2 million individuals who consider themselves DREAMers. The Center for American Progress (CAP) reports that about 8 million US citizens have at least one unauthorized family member residing within the same household. The CAP also reports that 5.9 million citizen children reside with at least one unauthorized family member.
Who was eligible for DACA?
Before the September 5, 2017, DACA announcement, individuals had to meet a number of stringent requirements to be eligible to apply for DACA.
What changed on September 5, 2017?
On September 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiated the orderly phase-out of DACA. DHS will provide a limited, six-month window during which it will consider certain requests for DACA and applications for work authorization, under specific parameters. Find details on the USCIS website and in the DHS FAQ: English | Español
How have DACA recipients contributed to the United States?
How have DACA recipients contributed to Georgia and the City of Atlanta?
• An estimated 47,000 Georgians are currently enrolled in or eligible for DACA.
• Georgia’s DACA recipients pay $66 million per year in state and local taxes.
• Barring DACA recipients from work and school stands to strip Georgia of $28 million in revenue.
• Enrolling all remaining DACA-eligible Georgians into the program would add a further $18 million in tax revenue.