Given President-Elect Trump’s rhetoric against the immigrant community during the campaign and uncertainty of the details of his immigration plan SIREN strongly cautions applicants against applying for or renewing DACA. While we do not know with complete certainty, President-Elect Trump has stated that he intends to undo President Obama’s executive action programs, including the DACA 2012 program. We certainly understand the benefits that accompany a DACA grant are great and that many have made the courageous decision to seek DACA to provide greater security for yourselves and your families. Yet, at this time, we recommend individuals not to apply given the uncertainty regarding the program.
Ultimately, the decision is up to you. In that vein, we are providing the attached information from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center for you to make an informed decision about how to move forward. We will respect your decision to not apply for DACA, as well as your decision to apply for DACA if that is what you decide. We remain willing to assist you in completing the DACA application packet and will provide you mailing instructions to send the packet. Regardless of how you decide to move forward, we strongly encourage you to consult with a reputable immigration attorney or nonprofit legal services agency about any permanent immigration relief options available to you.
We also encourage you and your family to be informed about your rights in the event for an immigration enforcement action.
We understand that this is a devastating and unpredictable time for our community and we want you to know that we will vigorously fight any efforts that devalue or threaten the integrity of immigrants.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at:
Irma Pérez, Esq., Interim Immigration Services Director 408-453-3003 ext 107
Maricela Gutiérrez, Executive Director
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