5  Things to Know about the Latest USCIS DACA Announcement – National Immigration Law Center

1. USCIS is now accepting certain DACA renewal applications – check with your attorney for details.
2. USCIS will not accept new DACA applications from people who haven’t applied previously.
3. Requests for Advance Parole from DACA recipients will not be accepted.
4. We do not know how long USCIS will continue to accept DACA renewal applications.
5. Our fight to get the Dream Act passed by January 19 continues!

SEE Source: Five Things to Know about the Latest USCIS Announcement – National Immigration Law Center

Wednesday Is the Last Day to EXPRESS Mail DACA Renewals – Long Island Wins

Courtsey of Patrick Young, Esq., via CARACEN-NY (LongIslandWins.com)


“Please note, USCIS (Homeland Security) says that the only renewals that will be granted are those for DACA recipients whose permits expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018. Renewals will not be accepted for those permits that expired earlier than September 5 or after March 5.


The permits will last two years even though the DACA program will end on March 5, 2018″

Source: Wednesday October 4, 2017 Is the Last Day to Overnight Mail DACA Renewals – Long Island Wins

New 2nd Circuit Immigration Decision Makes New Sense of Drug Convictions

Immigrants, especially legal residents, with drug convictions, may see new relief in the 2nd Circuit (New York, Vermont & Connecticut).  Recent 2nd Circuit case, Harbin v. Sessions, now makes it more difficult for the Department of Homeland Security to pull legal permanent residents into deportation proceedings based on convictions involving drugs.

Speak to your immigration lawyer immediately, especially if you are presently in removal proceedings, to check on whether this new development can help your case.

DHS Grants 6 Month Extension of Haitian TPS

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced a six-month extension of TPS for Haitians.

“This six-month extension should allow Haitian TPS recipients living in the United States time to attain travel documents and make other necessary arrangements for their ultimate departure from the United States, and should also provide the Haitian government with the time it needs to prepare for the future repatriation of all current TPS recipients,” Kelly said. “We plan to continue to work closely with the Haitian government, including assisting the government in proactively providing travel documents for its citizens.”

Possible End to TPS for Haitians in United States

From USA Today:

James McCament, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, concluded in a letter last week that conditions in Haiti have improved enough to end “temporary protected status” for Haitians, according to a copy of the letter obtained by USA TODAY.

The Obama administration first offered temporary protection to Haitians following the devastating 2010 earthquake. The protection has been extended several times, the latest set to expire July 22. McCament proposed an extension to January to allow for a “period of orderly transition” but said the program should not be extended beyond then.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/04/20/trump-agency-temporary-protection-haitians-united-states/100709428/


Call your lawyer for options, including Advance Parole, Family Petition, Student Visas, etc.

DHS Ending TPS for Multiple African Nations


TPS benefits will no longer be in effect starting May 21, 2017, TPS beneficiaries will continue to hold any other immigration status that they have maintained or acquired while registered for TPS. Individuals with no other lawful immigration status on May 21, 2017, will no longer be protected from removal or eligible for employment authorization based on TPS.

Source: https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-reminds-beneficiaries-temporary-protected-status-guinea-liberia-and-sierra-leone-may-21-termination

Citizens of the three countries should contact their lawyers immediately!

USCIS Extends Work Permits for Salvadoran TPS Holders 


Para gente con TPS – El Salvador desde: July 8, 2016 – Sept. 6, 2016:

Employment Authorization Auto-Extended Through:Sept. 9, 2017!!!

Source: Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: El Salvador | USCIS

Economic Cost of Ending DACA

Report by a former MALDEF colleague of mine, Jose Mangana-Salgado, for the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

Separate from the immense loss of Social Security and Medicare receipts provided by the legal employment of DACA beneficiaries (over 85% of DACA Beneficiaries are lawfully employed), businesses will incur a large cost of employee turnover:

“To obtain the turnover cost for the massive lay-off of close to three quarter of a million DACA employees, we multiply $24,988.40 (the average yearly salary of a DACA recipient) by 645,145 to obtain $16,121,141,817.77. We then multiply $16,121,141,817.77 by 21.4% (the turnover cost) to yield $3,449,924,349.00 or $3.4 billion, the total turnover cost for the wholesale lay-off of the entire employed DACA population.”

Any employer knows that replacing an already trained and effective employee incurs many costs not considered by policy-makers and breakers.

See the full report HERE.

Also see: ‘The High Costs of Ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’  from Center For American Progress:

“The DACAmented portion of that workforce represents 9 percent of the full unauthorized workforce—645,145 divided by 7 million—and by taking 9 percent of $4.7 trillion, we arrive at $433.4 billion in lost GDP over a decade.”

I like that term. “DACAmented”.  Let’s make it into something more permanent.