On Monday, September 18, the MMC community celebrated Constitution Day by hosting immigration experts and advocates for a discussion of the recently announced suspension of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the DREAM Act.
Farrin Anello of the ACLU of New Jersey, and Sue Jacquez and Maria Garcia, both social workers affiliated with the NYC school system, gave an overview of recent legal developments and their effects on the lives of families in New York and across the country. Those of you who couldn’t make it or those who came but want to learn more, find resources, or get involved may find the following links of interest.
- Vida Diferida (Life, Deferred): The Uncertainties Facing Undocumented Youth and their Families (short documentary)
- List of DACA renewal clinics in NYC (deadline to apply for renewal is OCTOBER 5 for those who have work permits expiring by March 5, 2018):
- Legal services referrals: New York State New American Hotline at 1-800-566-7636, or dial 311 from within New York City.
- United We Dream’s national DACA website; helpful resources explaining the president’s DACA decision and mental health resources:
- CUNY Law School DACA guide
- TheDream.US: Resources for Dreamers; links to programs that may be able to help Dreamers cover renewal application fees:
- More scholarship resources for DACA renewal fees
- Make the Road (NY and NJ branches): Community organizing and legal services opportunities
- List of DACA Clinics in New Jersey
- List of DACA Clinics in New York (September 25th Day of Action)