Protest against announced repeal of DACA in New York. By Flickr User Harrie van Veen

Boyle Heights Beat readers were surveyed about what questions they have about their rights under DACA following the announcement Tuesday that President Trump plans to end the program on March 5, 2018.

Our youth reporters are researching the questions and reaching out to professionals to find answers.   We will attempt to answer all questions or send our readers to appropriate agencies.

Q: I just renewed my DACA for two years.  Will I be protected for two years?

A: Current DACA recipients will be permitted to retain the period of deferred action and employment authorization documents (EAD) until they expire. If your DACA expires on or before March 5,2018, you can file a renewal by OCTOBER 5, 2017 and get two more years. Those whose DACA expires after March 5, 2018 will not be eligible for renewal. No new initial applications will be processed.

Q: Can I still travel out of the country under DACA?

A: Some immigration experts advise again leaving the country, given the fluid situation, and suggest that DACA recipients who are outside the country consider returning immediately.

No new applications for travel will be accepted, and all pending applications will be closed.

Previously approved grants of advance parole (permission to travel) technically remain valid, and individuals should be able to exit and return within dates provided in travel document. However, U.S. Customs and Border Protection retains discretion to deny re-entry, and it is not guaranteed DACA recipients will be allowed to re-enter the country. If you plan to travel on advance parole or are currently abroad, make sure to return to the United States before the deadline.

SOURCES:

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals 2017 Announcement

Immigrant Legal Resource Center – What Do I Need to Know About the End of DACA by Allison Davenport, Lena Graber, Sally Kinoshita

Photo above by Flickr user Harrie van Veen/Creative Commons

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