DACA Grants Application
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Offering DACA Grants


In the wake of the recent Presidential election, we are learning about the President-elect's plan for his first 100 days. He has said he intends to cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama. This puts in danger President Obama’s executive action known as DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This policy allows certain undocumented young people who came to the United States as children to receive protection from deportation and work permits. As of June 30, 2016, there were 1.3 million beneficiaries of this program, which includes many Becari@s, members of our staff, other CUNY students, and members of our larger community.

It has come to our attention that many DACA beneficiaries who qualify for a renewal are postponing the process due to a lack of funding. With DACA's uncertain future, we want to be able to assist anyone who qualifies to renew their application prior to inauguration day on January 20th, when the new President-elect takes office.

While we do not know if the new president will revoke DACA immediately, or simply let it expire, we feel it is worth the gamble to try to give DACA recipients the possibility of another two years of its protection and benefits. In keeping with the recommendations of many leading immigration law firms and our own CUNY Citizenship Now!, we will support students who are renewing DACA. We do not recommend and will not support new applications for DACA to be submitted at this time.

Important to note:
  • The number of DACA Grants available is limited.
  • We will only support students who are renewing DACA. (USCIS strongly encourages you to submit your DACA renewal request between 150 days and 120 days before the expiration date located on your current Form I-797 DACA approval notice and Employment Authorization Document (EAD)) 
  • We do not recommend and will not support new applications for DACA to be submitted at this time.
  • Priority will be given in the following order:
    • (1) Becari@s
    • (2) CUNY students
    • (3) All other requests.
  • The grantee will be required to complete 30 hours of community service with the Institute.
  • The grantee must provide the receipt of application (2-3 weeks after filling) Form I-797C, Notice of Action provided in the mail by USCIS.

Please note that if we grant you funding and for any reason it is not utilized, you will be responsible for returning all funds to the Institute.

We need your help!
Please consider donating to our cause.

It has been a week filled with a turmoil of powerful emotions; shock, grief, and fear. We have been gathering information about the implications of this election for our students and their families, but much of what is to come is still uncertain. We feel very much responsible for serving as a resource center and a safe space for our community and our students. But more than ever, what we are living calls for unity. A united community is stronger: the people united will never be defeated. 

Since election day we've learned about the President-elect's plan for his first 100 days. He  intends to cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama. This puts in danger President Obama’s executive action known as DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This policy allows certain undocumented young people who came to the United States as children to receive protection from deportation and work permits. 

Many DACA beneficiaries who qualify for a renewal are postponing the process due to a lack of funding. With DACA's uncertain future, we want to be able to assist anyone who qualifies to renew their application prior to inauguration day on January 20th, when the new President-elect takes office.


For that reason, we are reaching out to you to help us raise funds to support students with DACA Grants in the amount of $465. The fees for DACA are $85 for biometrics and a $380 work authorization document fee. 


Your support will make an enormous difference in the life of those who receive this DACA Grant. According to reports, DACA beneficiaries experience a pronounced increase in economic opportunities. Shortly after receiving DACA, some 59 percent of respondents reported obtaining a new job, 57 percent indicated they had received their driver’s license, and 49 percent reported opening their first bank account. 

We need your support today more than ever. No donation is too small. Remember, there are no overhead fees or administrative costs and your donation is completely tax-exempt. In the note on your donation, simply write "DACA grant" and 100% of your donation will go directly to a DACA-eligible CUNY student.

Thank you,

The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY
 
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