Everything you need to know about DACA

What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals?

Over the past several years, this Administration has undertaken an unprecedented effort to transform the immigration enforcement system into one that focuses on national security, public safety, border security and the integrity of the immigration system. As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to focus its enforcement resources on the removal of individuals who pose a danger to national security or a risk to public safety, DHS will exercise prosecutorial discretion as appropriate to ensure that enforcement resources are not expended on low priority cases, such as individuals who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines. Individuals who demonstrate that they meet the guidelines below may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) for a period of three years, subject to renewal for a period of three years, and may be eligible for employment authorization. Your request for DACA will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be granted or denied at the agency’s discretion.

DACA was initially announced on June 15, 2012 via a memorandum from then-Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.  On November 20, 2014, current-Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson issued a memorandum expanding guidelines for DACA in several key ways. Note, however, that the expanded DACA guidelines do not become effective until February 18, 2015.

Until the new guidelines go into effect on February 18, 2015, individuals may request DACA under the existing guidelines under the June 15, 2012 Napolitano memorandum.

Guidance on the expanded DACA guidelines under the November 20, 2014 memorandum is outlined below.

Beginning on February 18, 2015, you may request consideration for deferred action under DACA if you:

  1. Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
  2. Have continuously resided in the United States since January 1, 2010, up to the present time;
  3. Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  4. Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012, meaning that:
  • You never had a lawful immigration status on or before June 15, 2012, or
  • Any lawful immigration status or parole that you obtained prior to June 15, 2012, had expired as of June 15, 2012.
  1. Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a General Educational Development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  2. Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Read more here

Renewing your DACA? Click here for more info! 

If your initial two-year grant of deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) is expiring, you may request a renewal. This page explains how to request a renewal.

If this is the first time you are requesting DACA, go to Request DACA for the First Time . You can also find information in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Who Can Renew

You may request a renewal if you met the initial DACA guidelines and you:

  • Did not depart the United States on or after Aug. 15, 2012, without advance parole;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since you submitted your most recent DACA request that was approved; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

When to Renew

You should submit your renewal request about 120 days (4 months) before your current period of deferred action will expire. If you submit your request more than 150 days (5 months) before your current period expires, USCIS may reject it and return it to you with instructions to resubmit it closer to the expiration date.

How to Renew

  • Complete and sign:
    • Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
      • Use the most recent version of Form I-821D on our website or USCIS will reject your form.
    • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
    • Form I-765W Worksheet
  • Follow the instructions on all three forms to submit them to USCIS. There is a $380 filing fee for Form I-765 and an $85 biometric services (fingerprints and photo) fee, so the total cost is $465.

Art for Dignity and Justice

I had the great privilege to create a piece on behalf of the Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project for the October 5th National Day of Action March for Dignity and Justice! The piece is currently featured on Culture Strike and Not1MoreDeportation. We, as CCNSP, are very humbled to be able be part of such a pivotal moment for our communities and we will continue demanding dignity and justice for as long as it takes! We hope to see you all out on October 5th, too!

Feel free to share the graphic widely through your social networks! Please, credit Rommy Torrico and link back to collierstoriesmatter.org or blog.collierstoriesmatter.org. We hope to get prints soon so if you’re interested, feel free to email us with your name and the quantity so that we have an idea of how many we will need to order. Send all inquires to rommy@collierstoriesmatter.org

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Also featured on Not1MoreDeportation is our Paletero piece! We will have 5×8 postcards available on donation at our trainings, events and online. Keep a look out!



From our friends at Detention Watch Network (this post has been duplicated from an original email they sent) 


nonameDear colleagues,

The immigration debate has been evolving rapidly. The latest information is that the Senate Judiciary Committee will discuss detention, criminalization and interior enforcement provisions in the bill on Monday May 20th.

We encourage you to make calls TODAY and TOMORROW to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to urge them to oppose the amendments that would further harm immigrants in detention and support amendments that would further critical detention reforms. (see attached a more detailed analysis of these and other related amendments)

We are particularly concerned about Grassley Amendment 53 which would dramatically expand immigration detention during removal proceedings and indefinitely afterwards for those who cannot be removed as well as severely limit the use of alternatives to detention and bond hearings. Passage of this amendment would be a huge setback to our collective efforts to dramatically reduce detention.

Please make calls TODAY and TOMORROW. They do make an impact!! Please also share this action alert widely with your networks and allies.

Thank you.



MONDAY May 20th

Call Senators from the Judiciary Committee TODAY and TOMORROW

and ask them to:



 “Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am calling to strongly urge Senator [NAME OF SENATOR] to OPPOSESenator Grassley’s amendments 41, 47, 51 and 53 and Senator Sessions’ amendment 12. These amendments are too extreme and out-of-step with the bipartisan spirit of S.744.




“I further strongly urge Senator [NAME OF SENATOR] to SUPPORT Senator Coons’ amendment 6 and Senator Blumenthal’s amendment 2.  These amendments are easy fixes that address critical issues needed to reform the immigration detention system.”





Grassley 41: Issue:  This amendment strikes provision in bill that codifies the Office of Legal Access Programs and expands Legal Orientation Programs.

Grassley 47: Issue:  This amendment strikes Section 3717, which provides for custody hearings for all detained immigrants and increases fairness of custody review and stipulated orders of removal procedures.

Grassley 51: This amendment strikes Section 3715, which directs DHS to create a secure alternatives program in every field office (including contracting with CBOs) and includes case management services. Section 3715 also requires DHS to make individualized assessments to determine level of supervision and to review the level of supervision monthly. It also permits secure alternatives to constitute custody in certain cases.

Grassley 53: Issue:  This amendment expands immigration detention during removal proceedings and indefinitely afterwards for those who cannot be removed. Severely limits use of alternatives to detention and bond hearings.

Sessions 12: Issue:  This amendment mandates bond levels of no less than $5,000 for nationals of non-contiguous countries, who have not been admitted or paroled, and who are apprehended within 100 miles of the border or present a flight risk as determined by ICE.




Coons 6: Issue:  This amendment requires interoperability of ICE, CIS, CBP, and EOIR databases containing information on all detainees. Specifies categories of information that must be maintained in the database of each agency and establishes regular reporting requirements to Congress.  Makes reports available to public without FOIA request.

Blumenthal 2: Issue:  This amendment restricts the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention and outlines guidelines and oversight for its use.



Contact the Senators below who are on the Judiciary Committee

Senator Patrick Leahy (VT)
DC: (202) 224-4242
Email: https://www.leahy.senate.gov/contact/

Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA)
DC: (202) 224-3841
Email: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

Senator Charles Schumer (NY)
DC: (202) 224-6542
Email: https://www.schumer.senate.gov/Contact/contact_chuck.cfm

Senator Dick Durbin (IL)

DC: (202) 224-2152

Email: http://www.durbin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/footer-contact?p=contact


Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)

DC: 202-224-2921

Email: http://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/contact

Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN)
DC: (202) 224-3244
Email: http://www.klobuchar.senate.gov/emailamy.cfm?contactForm=emailamy&submit=Go

Senator Al Franken (MN)
DC: (202) 224-5641
Email: http://www.franken.senate.gov/?p=email_al

Senator Christopher A. Coons (DE)

DC: (202) 224-5042

Email: http://www.coons.senate.gov/contact/


Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT)

DC: (202) 224-2823

Email: https://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/contact/#


Senator Mazie K. Hirono (HI)

DC: (202) 224-6361

Email: http://www.hirono.senate.gov/contact.cfm


Senator Orrin Hatch (UT)

DC: (202) 224-5251

Email: http://www.hatch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-orrin


Senator Lindsey Graham (SC)

DC: (202) 224-5972


Senator John Cornyn (TX)
DC: (202) 224-2934
Email: http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactForm

Senator Mike Lee (UT)

DC: (202) 224-5444

Email: http://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

Senator Jeff Flake (AZ)
DC: (202) 224-4521
Email: http://www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-jeff


Newspress Article: Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project asks Rubio for immigration reform that keeps families together

Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project asks Rubio for immigration reform that keeps families together
Written by Christina Cepero
Feb. 27

Newspress article online PDF 

Bonita Springs resident Jorge Rodriguez never wants to be separated from his family again.

In June 2011, the 34-year-old Mexican native was stopped on I-75 on his way to a remodeling job in Miami. When he couldn’t provide documents showing legal status, he was taken by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to the Broward Transitional Center.

“Daddy, when are you going to come back?” his two young children asked him when he talked to them on the phone.

After being detained there for two months, he was able to go home after paying a $5,000 bond, but his immigration status remains in limbo.

Rodriguez joined a dozen other advocates of the Florida Immigrant Coalition’s Say Yes to Citizenship campaign today during a meeting with Sen. Marco Rubio’s legislative aide, Zach Zampella, at Edison State College in Naples. Media was not allowed into the meeting.

“We need Sen. Rubio to be on board and say yes to an immigration reform that benefits our communities and our families,” said Angela Cisneros, a volunteer with the Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project, at a press conference before the meeting.

“We not only want him to consider a real and reasonable path to citizenship but to push for a moratorium on deportations which would benefit the many currently detained who could qualify for eventual immigration reform.”

Press contacts for Rubio did not return a voicemail or email from The News-Press this afternoon.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office detained 2,956 individuals between fiscal year 2008 and the start of fiscal year 2012, according to case-by-case records obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse through a Freedom of Information Act request. Of those, 2,034, or 69 percent, had not been convicted of a crime and 922 had.

In Lee County, 1,225 were detained. Of those, 835, or 68 percent, had no criminal record, and 390 did.

Grey Torrico, also with the Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project, said Rubio’s aide did not address the request for a moratorium on deportations.

“We went in there knowing that a lot of the conversation was going to revolve around operational control of the border,” Torrico said. “He did speak about this nebulous framework around citizenship. … It doesn’t seem like a really concrete laid-out plan.”

Dr. Juan Puerto, who has worked in Immokalee for 30 years, said he sees children who have stopped smiling after a parent was deported.

“They’re depressed; they get behind in school,” he said. “When you disrupt a family, you disrupt the basic unit of society.”

Pastor Miguel Fernando Estrada Salvador, who runs La Mision Bethel Farmworker Ministry in Immokalee, doesn’t want to see any more families torn apart. He said it’s often the breadwinner who is deported, putting the family in a difficult economic situation.

“We just came here to work,” said Maria Bautista, 28, of Naples, who attended with her two young daughters who were born in the United States, adding she and her husband don’t drive for fear of being deported. “We don’t want them to suffer like their parents have.”

Immigration attorney Alex Vernon said: “These people are workers, business owners, employers, mothers, fathers, neighbors and community members. The businesses and communities and families that depend on them are sorely challenged by these indiscriminate immigration detention and enforcement polices, and I think that this community deserves better.”

Paul Midney, a nurse at an Immokalee clinic, urged Rubio to not make the process unnecessarily burdensome. “The harder you make it for families to legalize and to normalize, it just is more difficult for the children to become successful later on in life and to get the educational opportunities so they can reach their potential,” he said.

CCNSP’s reaction to Immigration Reform Blueprint

January 28th, 2013

In light of the recent announcement on an immigration framework by the Senate “gang of 8”, we believe that there is much more work to be done to provide relief to our communities.

While it’s encouraging to see bipartisanship on an issue that was one of the top priorities for Latino voters going into the polls in the November elections, the framework does little to quell questions around the “who” and the “how”. Beyond the DREAMers and farmworkers, who, according to the framework, will have preferential treatment, it is unknown how families with current deportation orders, with minor offenses (which constitutes a criminal record in some instances), and those who re-entered would fit into the mix. There’s no mention of putting a moratorium on current deportations while this process sees its end; an end that may benefit those very same individuals in proceedings as we speak.

The framework does nothing to discredit the idea that immigration enforcement is a billion dollar industry that has been invested on more than other government agencies like the FBI and CIA combined. Spending for the Border Patrol and ICE and its primary enforcement-technology initiative, the US VISIT program, surpassed $17.9 billion in fiscal year 2012. This amount is nearly 15 times the spending level of the INS when IRCA was enacted. It makes the case for yet more enforcement, adding drones to border security enhancements that already exist. This is their prophetic solution despite the fact that the net migration from Mexico fell to zero in 2012 and continues falling.

This attempt means nothing for the local families that we work with in Collier County who may not even qualify under this current framework. Plagued by the poli-migra vis-à-vis 287g and [in]Secure Communities, these mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, live  with the constant fear of an inevitable reality that they continue facing everyday It’s a constant terror of their family’s separation, unstable future and economic burden.

For Gloria*, a Fort Myers woman, this is reality. She’s US citizen, but her husband is undocumented. He was deported to Mexico after living in the country for 12 years and seeks to re-enter to be with his family. She’s burdened with the task of being the family’s only breadwinner and caring for 2 special needs children, who are constantly showing psychological distress due to their father’s absence.  Because her husband was previously deported before, there are no details within this current framework that will assure her that her husband may benefit from immigration reform.

Edith, a Naples woman, is suffering physical and emotional trauma in the absence of her husband of more than 8 years. He is currently detained after having been arrested for driving without a license in Collier County 2 months ago. Because of a DUI charge that took place in 1999 (a charge he served his sentence and time for and was rehabilitated through this process) and for re-entry after deportation (trying to get back to his family), deportation proceedings were initiated against him. He remains detained without medical attention for a stomach infection and gets worse by the day.

This is unacceptable and in no way, justifies more enforcement, more separation of families and more non-sensical policies that make our communities worse, not better.

We will continue to hold President Obama and Congress accountable for their actions. We will continue to fight to bring the stories of our communities with pride and dignity in hopes of changing this broken system as a whole.

In the meantime, this is another day, another battle and it begins with us.

View our principles for immigration reform here

*At the individual’s request, we changed names to preserve anonymity and respect the person’s wishes. 

ACTION ALERT: National Call-in Day of Action: End 287g

December 13th, 2012

Washington, DC  Today rights groups across the country are participating on a national call-in day  urging the Administration to terminate the fundamentally flawed 287(g) deportation program instead of expanding it to 11 new counties.

This is our last chance and we need to make it count!

Participating organizations include: Florida Immigrant Coalition, ACLU of Florida, North Carolina Justice Center, Coalicion de Organizaciones Latino Americanas, ACLU of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, Centro Presente, VA Legal Aid Justice Center – Immigrant Advocacy Program, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, Rights Working Group
On this national day of action, join the hundreds of other constituents who will call upon our national, state and local elected officials to bring an end to the poli-migra effect in Florida.

Read national press release here

Read about past press events related to this fight here 

End the 287g in Collier County and jacksonville, FL!

Action Steps:

The math is simple: the more calls we have, the better chance our shared voices will act as a megaphone and project what we want our elected officials to hear! We can make a major impact if we can jam up their local offices with as many calls within the business day as possible!

1. Pick up the phone and call the following targets from 9 AM to 5 PM! Use the pre-written message (or one of your own) that talks about the negative impacts we are seeing 287g bring to our communities!

2. Forward this information to a friend! Make sure they make a call! Anyone can call their DC offices, no matter where they live and ask our elected officials to intervene for us and pressure the administration and DHS to end the program!

It’s that simple!

CALL IN DAY small-2Sen. Bill Nelson 
Washington, D.C. 202-224-5274
Fort Myers 239-334-7760Sen. Marco Rubio
Washington D.C. 202-224-3041
Naples (239) 213-1521

Representative Connie Mack
Washington DC 202-225-2536
Naples 239-252-MACK
Cape Coral 239-573-5837

My name is ________________ and I live in _____________ , zip code ____________ and I am calling Senator __________ to urge him to intervene and pressure the Department of Homeland Security and the White House to terminate the 287g program once and for all. Instead of focusing on pushing out low-priority individuals and separating families, the White House and our Senator _______should work on passing just and comprehensive immigration reform that lifts up our communities, and doesn’t hurt them.

Sheriff Kevin Rambosk
Direct Line: 239- 252-0555

My name is ________________ and I live in _____________ , zip code ____________ and I am calling Sheriff __________ to urge him to re-evaluate the renewal of the 287g program once and for all. I know he has the power to step in and shouldn’t focus on pushing out low-priority individuals and separating families, but rather continuing the trust that has been built with the community. I don’t want to feel fearful for my families and friends and I don’t want to fear our local Sheriff’s Department.

Op-Ed: 287g Immigration enforcement program should be ended now

December 7, 2012

Ending the 287(g) Program

as seen on print edition of the Naples Daily News

Alexvernon profile pictureBy Alex Vernon

Acting Director, Asylum and Immigrant Rights Clinic, Ave Maria Law School

This past Sunday marked the beginning of Advent in churches around the country. As most people prepare for a season of visiting and celebrating with family and friends, more and more families are without someone dear to them, separated not by death, but by deportation. This is a stark reality in communities such as that of Immokalee’s Our Lady of Guadalupe church, where prayers for the deported are offered up fervently in the prayers of the faithful.

Most observers agree that the record numbers of deportations occurring in the United States are due in part to immigration enforcement partnerships between the Federal government and State and Local law enforcement. One such partnership program is the “287(g)” program currently in effect in Collier County. 287(g) delegates immigration enforcement authority to participating law enforcement agencies across the country, and the stated goal of the program is to target high priority criminals. Yet according to a nationwide study of 287(g) during the first ten months of 2010, fully one-half of the individuals caught up in the program are not serious criminals, but are instead arrested for misdemeanors, traffic offenses, and noncriminal immigration violations.

The stories I hear from immigrant advocates in Collier County are consistent with the stories I’ve heard from advocates around the country. More and more people are being picked up for minor offenses, or detained based on questioning with no charges laid at all, only to end up facing detention and deportation in removal proceedings. I have seen this in my own immigration practice, albeit in other jurisdictions

I have encountered crime victims who have had police report them and their families to immigration as the first order of business in investigating a crime. I have encountered people of color who were pulled over by law enforcement agents in paramilitary gear, questioned about their immigration status and handed over to immigration authorities with no charges being laid. I have heard of criminals continuing to victimize communities, because community members are fearful that contact with law enforcement may lead to deportation for themselves, or for ones dear to them. Based on what I have heard from local advocates, there is a danger this is happening in Collier County as well.

This is a concern because in Collier County and in other jurisdictions with 287(g) agreements, advocates are finding that there is a widening gulf between the police and the community they are pledged to protect. Since 287(g) was implemented in Collier County five years ago, they are finding that local immigrants and even their U.S. citizen loved ones are increasingly hesitant to call the police to report crimes or cooperate in criminal investigations. This may undercut the effectiveness of other excellent initiatives to assist immigrant victims of trafficking and crime.

The Department of Homeland Security has temporarily extended 287(g) program, which was set to expire in September 2012 in Collier County, until December 31, 2012. This is the current expiry date for all programs nationwide. In its budget justification for fiscal 2013, The Department of Homeland Security sought $17 million less in funding for the 287(g) program, and said that in light of the expansion of Secure Communities, (A Federally run program) “it will no longer be necessary to maintain the more costly and less effective 287(g) program.”

I stand with the coalitions of concerned community members in appealing to authorities in Collier County and in the federal government to discontinue the controversial 287(g) program now. When an entire segment of our community is afraid of talking to the police, this does not make us any safer. Our community deserves better.

Florida Weekly: ICE Men Cometh

By Jordan Buckley
The cover story in the FL weekly explores both 287g and Secure Communities: the two ways that Collier County Sheriff’s Office is working together with federal immigration to deport community members.
Here are a few quotes from it; the first two are from the CCSO representatives that defended 287g last week at the Immokalee InterAgency Council Meeting on November 14th.
“Regardless of what they come in for, if they’re foreign born, we’re going to interview them.  If they come in on a traffic offense or they come in on a murder charge, we don’t necessarily care… We’re looking at your immigration history.” — Lt. Keith Harmon
“[T]here are situations when someone with only one or two driving offenses (is subject to removal proceedings).  It’s rare but it does happen.  But in the end, you’re here illegally and you committed a crime… I don’t understand why in this country that concept is so abhorrent to so many people.” — Commander Mike Williams
The article mentions that under Secure Communities — whereby fingerprinting in jails is shared with ICE — in Collier County far more people were deported for Level 3 crimes (less serious offenses like driving without a license) than Level 1 crimes (felonies).
The article also reports that 17 children in Collier County have been placed in foster care because their parents were being held by ICE or had been deported.
I’ll close with a poignant statement from Dr. Juan Puerto, family doctor in Immokalee, as quoted in the Florida Weekly piece: “In my opinion, breaking up a family is more of a crime than not having papers when you’re in this country.” 
All in all, the article is an informative and distressing read –you can download the article here