After the presidential election, DACA recipients are wondering what will happen once Trump takes office. It is a very difficult situation. Trump has pledged to end DACA and he can do that with the stroke of a pen.

We find it hard to believe that he will suddenly revoke work cards and DACA from 750,000 high achieving students. Perhaps more likely is that he could stop DACA extensions. Moving to deport these students would be another radical step - if they just lose their DACA status, that would be awful, but we can advise them as we did pre-DACA.

Guidance & resources

And it goes without saying, but advocacy efforts are more important now than ever. Here are links for information and referrals to advocacy opportunities - http://americasvoice.org/, and https://www.weownthedream.org/.

A NY state appeals court has ruled that a DACA recipient may practice law in that state. The New York ruling follows earlier rulings by courts in California and Florida.  Excerpt:  “Cesar Vargas, a Mexican-born New Yorker, became the first immigrant in the state without legal status to be approved to work as a lawyer after an appellate court granted his application to the bar.” 

Read the coverage in the NY Times article here: New York Court Rules for Immigrant in Fight to Become Lawyer.

Attorney Dan Berger was recently quoted in this article inThe Atlantic, which highlights some of the complications faced by individuals that qualify for DACA but have trouble proving it. Titled "A Catch for Undocumented Immigrations in Recent Reforms," the article explores how many undocumented individuals took a "leave no trace" attitude to documenting their lives due to their undocumented status. Now, they struggle to meet one of the most stringent of DACA requirements - the ability to prove continued presence in the US prior to the passing of DACA.

 

The ILRC has updated their guide "Living in the United States: A Guide for Immigrant Youth." This guide provides information regarding the rights and responsibilities of immigrant youth living in the United States, including undocumented youth and youth with legal status. Available in English and Spanish

The guide contains a compilation of information including a summary of immigration relief, advice on applying for benefits, driver’s licenses, financial aid for college, bank accounts and credit cards, filing taxes, guarding against immigration scams, and more. It also includes know your rights information for interacting with immigration authorities.

 

DREAMers who want to enter the medical profession face special challenges. PHD (Pre-Health DREAMers) is an online community created to unite Dreamers with this goal so they can share beneficial information and get connected.

PHD has just launched a new website, which features an FAQ, a listserve, and other great information for those interested in the medical field.