NEWARK – On June 15, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would not deport certain DREAM Act–eligible undocumented youth. Under a directive from the secretary of DHS, these youth will be given a type of temporary permission to stay in the U.S. called “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).”
This week, applications for Deferred Action will be available, and students who are approved will receive this temporary status for two years, with the opportunity to apply for employment authorization, and renewal of this status upon completion of the two-year term.
On Saturday, Aug. 25, the New Jersey Dream Coalition will begin its Application Drive Initiative throughout the State of New Jersey where volunteers and lawyers will come together to aid DACA eligible youth fill out applications and answer to any questions or concerns they may have. Applicants who register at www.njdac.org will find links to the lists of important documents and information they need to bring to the drive. During these events applicants will be able to meet with lawyers who will review their paperwork and approve it for submission.
Applicants will be welcomed at the below locations and can register on at www.njdac.org starting today:
NEWARK – Paul Robeson Campus Center at Rutgers University – 350 Mlk. Blvd. – Doors open at 11 a.m. and doors close at 5 p.m.
ELIZABETH – Elizabeth Lutheran Center – 908 East Jersey St. – Door open at 10 a.m. and doors close at 4 p.m.
NJDAC will continue to host more application drives across the state, and future locations and dates can be seen at www.njdac.org.
The New Jersey Dream Act Coalition continues its mission of providing useful resources to the undocumented youth in the State. Approximately 40,000 undocumented youth would be eligible to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in New Jersey, and as an organization, it is our goal to provide the best quality assistance to as many individuals.