SANTA ANA – A day after Trump’s administration announced that it’s beginning to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a couple hundred Orange County residents attended a town hall on Wednesday, Sept. 6, on the next steps for recipients of the program.
The town hall, hosted by Resilience OC, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Orange County and other immigrants rights groups at the Delhi Center, began with know-your-rights presentations.
“If you received DACA before, you still have DACA – it hasn’t gone away yet,” said panelist Jennifer Koh, a law professor and director at the Immigration Law Clinic at the Western State College of Law. “If your work permit expires in March or before, you have just several weeks to get DACA renewed on time.”
Trump announced Tuesday that new applications for President Barack Obama’s DACA program, which provided young immigrants a reprieve from deportation and two-year renewable work permits, will be halted.
People with permits whose renewals are set to expire between now and March 5, 2018, can reapply as long as their applications are submitted by Oct. 5, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Trump’s administration is giving Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before halting permit renewals for people who are already recipients.