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While asserting our rights does not guarantee the stop of arrest at the moment, it is important to exercise our rights to facilitate our defense. You are not alone. Our movement is ready to support you, fight for your freedom, and reclaim the humanity of our community. 🚀

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Decision Q&A

When will DACA protections end?

Phase out
The Administration has announced protections and work permits will be allowed to expire.

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Immediate/Set Day

The Administration has announced protections and work permits related to DACA will expire immediately on XX/XX/XXX

Can I apply for citizenship with DACA?

DACA does not provide a pathway to citizenship. However, we recommend consulting with an immigration attorney to see if there are other forms of relief that you or your loved ones may be eligible for. Check out this legal services directory offered by the Immigration Advocates Network.

When will the Dream Act be passed?

We do not know when bills that provide a pathway to citizenship, such as the Dream and Promise Act, will be passed.

Right now, the Dream and Promise Act has only been passed in the House of Representatives. The Senate, controlled by a Republican majority, has refused to bring the bill to a vote.

It is unlikely that Trump and Republicans in the Senate would consider a vote without more money for deportation agents and detention camps to go after our families and loved ones.

Can I get married for citizenship?

We are not lawyers and we recommend that you consult with an immigration attorney to discuss forms of relief that you or your loved ones may be eligible for. Be wary of folks who offer to marry you with the promise of citizenship, as this is deemed as marriage fraud and puts you at risk of deportation.

Will a deportation agent be going to my house now?

We do not know how deportation agents will target DACA recipients. It’s important to know that shortly after Trump became President, he signed an executive order that made it so that every undocumented adult can become a target for deportation, and that although he has gone on TV at times to say that “dreamers” will not be harmed, his administration has still criminalized, detained, and at times deported, DACA recipients.

But we have rights and the power to take care of each other should you encounter a police officer or deportation agent. Check out our Know Your Power page for more info.

What will USCIS do with the finger prints or address that I submitted to get DACA in the first place?

USCIS has made the promise to NOT share any biometric data (finger prints) and addresses with deportation agencies like ICE or the Border Patrol.

However, there is zero guarantee. Trump and his administration have ongoing efforts to carry out his white supremacist vision for the country, which includes mass deporting people. It’s important to know your rights and our power should you encounter a police officer or deportation agent. Check out our Know Your Power page for more info.

What will happen to my job?

If terminated completely
Unfortunately, starting xx/xx/xxxx you will no longer have legal authorization to work in the United States. Employers will be under obligation to terminate employment. However, we do not know how each employer will react to this news. It is also the employer’s obligation to keep track of employment authorization — NOT yours!

We encourage you to check out the guides by Immigrants Rising for more information on independent contracting and starting a small business. 

If phase out

You will be able to keep working until your current DACA expires. Unfortunately, once it does, you will no longer have legal authorization to work in the United States. Employers are under obligation to terminate unauthorized employment. However, we do not know how each employer will react to this news. It is also the employer’s obligation to keep track of employment authorization — NOT yours!

We encourage you to check out the guides by Immigrants Rising for more information on independent contracting and starting a small business.  

If terminating on set day

You will be able to keep work authorization until the date of DACA’s termination on xx/xx/xx. Unfortunately, once it ends, you will no longer have legal authorization to work in the United States. Employers are under obligation to terminate unauthorized employment. However, we do not know how each employer will react to this news. It is also the employer’s obligation to keep track of employment authorization — NOT yours!

We encourage you to check out the guides by Immigrants Rising for more information on independent contracting and starting a small business.

What will happen to my driver’s license?

Each state has different rules on how long a drivers license remains valid for DACA recipients. 

DACA recipients living in states that do not allow undocumented people to get a license will lose theirs (Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.)

DACA recipients who live in states that allow undocumented people to get DL’s should still have access to driver’s licenses and license renewals. They will want to check with their DMVs on what steps to take. Those states are: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington, as well as Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.

What will happen to my health insurance?

If your health insurance is tied to your job, you will unfortunately most likely lose it once you lose your work authorization. DACA recipients along with undocumented folks are not eligible for ACA.  Should you need medical assistance, please review our list of resources.

What will happen to my social security number?

Your social security number is yours for life. It will always be used to identify you. Anything attached to it, such as property or debt will remain yours. However, it will no longer be valid for work without further authorization from DHS. In the future, when you adjust your status, your social security number will remain the same.

I had a deportation case prior to having DACA. Once I lose DACA protections, do I become a priority for deportation?

ICE officials are on record confirming DACA recipients will be targets for deportation once they lose their protection. In order to do that, ICE will have to reopen a deportation case against you and go through the process before obtaining a final notice of removal against a DACA recipient from a judge. You have an opportunity to fight back deportations through that process. We recommend you consult with an immigration attorney about your options and defense plan. Check out this legal services directory offered by the Immigration Advocates Network.

What happens if I get stopped by police or a deportation agent?

We have the power to exercise our rights and protect one another. Check out our Know Your Power page for more info to be prepared and for peace of mind.

What do I do if a deportation agent shows up to my school or job?

Schools, hospitals and places of worship are designated as spaces that deportation agents should not step foot into. However, we know the ugly truth is that deportation agents have waited outside of hospital rooms to detain people, and so it is important to be vigilant and know our power.

Check out our Know Your Power page for more info on our rights and for peace of mind.

Should I just self-deport?

The DACA decision does not mean you need to leave the country. As immigrants we face numerous attacks on our livelihoods, but it is through resilience and joy that many of us have created our homes here.

We believe that every person should live in choice about how they want to live out their lives. The decision to stay or leave is sacred and personal, and one that you should reflect on for yourself and discuss with your family or loved ones. We also recommend consulting with an immigration attorney to see how such a decision could impact your eligibility for future forms of relief.

I’ve heard of something called a “sanctuary city.” Should I move to a new city or state?

A “sanctuary city” is a broad term for any number of policies that limit the cooperation between local law enforcement and deportation agencies like ICE and Border Patrol. They are won through the hard work of community members organizing for a better home that honors the dignity of immigrants.

The good news is that communities find more success in seeing the change they demand at the city and county level.

However, a policy that limits cooperation between local law enforcement and deportation agents is NOT a 100% guarantee that deportations end in that area. That requires a transformative change at the federal level and in our pop culture, which is why at United We Dream we are working towards a future where ICE and the Border Patrol are abolished, and a new system is in place that honors our humanity.

We believe that every person should live in choice about how they want to live out their lives. The decision to stay or leave your city or state is sacred and personal, and one that you should reflect on for yourself and discuss with your family or loved ones.