Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, (DACA), was established in June 2012 by the Obama Administration to provide administrative relief from deportation to specific individuals who applied for and received DACA status from the federal government. The purpose of DACA was to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States as children (1) To receive protection from deportation; and (2) To receive a work permit. Eligible applicants were able to obtain DACA status for two years, which was subject to renewal.
On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration directed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to phase out the DACA program.
• USCIS will continue to process all pending INITIAL applications ACCEPTED as of September 5, 2017.
• USCIS will reject all other new INITIAL applications.
• USCIS will continue to process all pending RENEWAL applications that have already been filed.
• USCIS will continue to accept and process RENEWAL applications until October 5, 2017 from applicants whose DACA expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018. DACA recipients whose DACA has already expired are no longer eligible to renew.
• USCIS will reject all INITIAL and RENEWAL applications received after October 5, 2017. If you are eligible to renew your DACA work permit, DO NOT WAIT until the October deadline. Submit your application NOW.
On Saturday, September 23 the SF Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs will host a free workshop to offer DACA renewal application assistance, presentations on the future of deferred action and immigrant rights, general attorney Consultations, and resources to help pay the application fee. Visit this link for more information.
Scholarships for DACA Renewal Fees. Mission Asset Fund is offering scholarships for current DACA recipients to use to renew their applications. Visit this link for more information and to apply. Informed Immigrant has compiled a list of organizations offering renewal scholarships - visit this link to access their list.
Other DACA Resources
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Sanctuary City Statement
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors have given their official statement (click here) or a shortened version:
- WHEREAS, On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected to become the 45th President of the United States; now, therefore, be it
- That no matter the threats made by President Trump, San Francisco will remain a Sanctuary City.
- That we will never back down on women’s rights, whether in healthcare, the workplace, or any other area threatened by a man who treats women as obstacles to be demeaned or objects to be assaulted.
- That there will be no conversion therapy, no withdrawal of rights in San Francisco.
- That we still believe in this nation’s founding principle of religious freedom.
- That Black Lives Matter in San Francisco, even if they may not in the White House.
- That climate change is not a hoax, or a plot by the Chinese.
- That we have been providing universal health care in this city for nearly a decade, and if the new administration follows through on its callous promise to revoke health insurance from 20 million people, San Franciscans will be protected.
- That we are the birthplace of the United Nations, a city made stronger by the thousands of international visitors we welcome every day.
- That San Francisco will remain a Transit First city and will continue building Muni and BART systems we can all rely upon, whether this administration follows through on its platform to eliminate federal transit funding or not.
- That California is the sixth largest economy in the world. The Bay Area is the innovation capital of the country. We will not be bullied by threats to revoke our federal funding, nor will we sacrifice our values or members of our community for your dollar.
- That we condemn all hate crimes and hate speech perpetrated in this election’s wake.
San Francisco Sanctuary City
San Francisco is a Sanctuary City, but what exactly does that mean?
- A sanctuary city is a city in the United States (or Canada), that has adopted a policy of protecting undocumented immigrants by not prosecuting them solely for violating federal immigration laws in the country in which they are now living illegally.
- There are over 200 Sanctuary Cities within the United States, such as Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington D.C.
General Resource Guides
SF Department of Public Health Post-Election Resource Guide
Bay Area Video Coalition Post-Election Resource Packet
Our Children, Our Families Council (OCOF) San Francisco Resource Guide
Bullying, Harassment & Hate Crimes
Harassment, bullying and hate crime always spike during a time of change, please stay safe.
If you or anyone you know is being targeted please call 911.
SF Hate Crime Hotline: 415-551-9595
SF Human Rights Commission: 415-252-2500
Community United Against Violence: 415-781-0401
SFPD Hate Crime Unit: 415-553-1133
For more resources for reporting hate crimes, click here.