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We held two DACA Renewal clinics this past weekend in Nassau county. The first one took place in Westbury at St. Brigid’s School where we partnered up with CARECEN to offer a comprehensive legal clinic that included DACA and citizenship services. The second one took place in Hempstead in the headquarters of the Economic Opportunity Commission of...

Read More | written by growland | created 17 hours 13 min ago

On Wednesday, July 16, 2014 the New York Immigration Coalition held a Civic Engagement Collaborative convening with member agencies and partners.

The Civic Engagement Collaborative was launched earlier this year to connect our members efforts and to build a more impactful civically engaged immigrant network of communities.

The Collaborative’s work entails voter...

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 I meet a lot of people who I know qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), but who have not applied for that status who all made the same mistake. 

When President Obama first gave DACA, the focus in the media was on college and high school kids who could apply for the program. You remember the pictures. Students in their graduation gowns lining up to...

Read More | written by pyoung | created 1 week 1 day ago

This map provides a visualization of data collected last year on where DACA applicants were from in the United States and which countries were their homelands:

The map gives a good sense of where renewal efforts have to be strongest and in which communities.

Pat Young is an attorney at CARECEN.

Read More | written by pyoung | created 1 week 1 day ago

Congresswoman Grace Meng, representing parts of Queens, said that now is the time for young Asian undocumented Asian immigrants to come forward and apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).“Many of these youth know no other home aside from the United States," she said at a press conference in Elmhurst last week. "Under DACA, the Department of Homeland Security will...

Read More | written by pyoung | created 1 week 1 day ago

A new study shows that DACA, at just two years old, is already having a substantial impact on immigrants lives. Here are some of the reports most important findings:

New Jobs

Almost 60 percent of DACA beneficiaries surveyed have obtained a new job since...

Read More | written by pyoung | created 1 week 2 days ago

Immigrants who received work permits under the DACA program are supposed to renew their work permits four to five months before they expire. The Brookings Institute has prepared a fascinating graph of when renweals of DACA should peak. Here it is, along with their explanation:

In October 2012, the first month with a significant number of DACA adjudications, almost 28,000 young...

Read More | written by pyoung | created 1 week 2 days ago

Since President Obama first authorized the granting of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) two years ago, between 100,000 and 140,000 children who were not eligible to apply on the first day of the program have become eligible to apply. Unfortunately many of them do not know it. 

To apply for DACA, the young immigrant must be at least fifteen years of age. This means...

Read More | written by pyoung | created 1 week 2 days ago

So many undocumented immigrants say that their lives would improve if they could get a driver's license. They could get a better job, pick their kids up from school, and take trips. In places like Long Island and Upstate New York, a license seems like a necessity. It is tough to go to see a doctor or even visit a house of worship without it. Long distances and poor public transportation leave...

Read More | written by pyoung | created 1 week 2 days ago

One thing every undocumented person knows is that without legal documents it is very hard to travel inside the United States. Just taking the bus from New York to Buffalo to visit relatives can be an impossible experience. Undocumented immigrants who receive work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are able to travel freely inside the United States. When asked...

Read More | written by pyoung | created 1 week 2 days ago

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