On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced the end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA enabled undocumented youth brought to this country as children a reprieve from deportation and a chance to obtain work authorization. DACA opened the door to jobs, in-state tuition, and more to roughly 800,000 young people.
The end of DACA destabilizes the lives of nearly 10,000 Marylanders. These DACA recipients attend our schools and live in our neighborhoods. Now is the time for us to step-up and protect our UB DACA community.
While the administration will no longer accept new applications, current DACA recipients with work permits that expire before March 5, 2018 can apply for a renewal. However, renewal applications must be received by October 5th and cost $495. That is a lot of money for most people, especially on such short notice.
It is our goal to fund the renewal application fees and mailing costs for as many Marylanders with DACA as possible in the coming days. Our initial goal was $2,550.00 by the end of September, which would cover the fees for five applications, plus Fedex mailing. Due to the incredible generosity we have seen so quickly, we have decided to increase our goal to be able to cover the fees for five additional applications, bringing our current goal to $5100.00
These young people are our friends, classmates, co-workers, and neighbors and we need to show them solidarity and support as the administration works to take their safety, jobs, and education. If you’d like to fully or partly cover the $495 DACA renewal application fees that go directly to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, then please click the donate button and make a donation today.
Professors Liz Keyes and Nickole Miller of UB Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic, along with UB alumni, will be providing free DACA renewal consultations to the UB Community on Saturday, September 16th from 9am-12pm at the UB Law School. Space permitting, we will assist any DREAMer who is currently a student in the Baltimore region. To reserve a spot, please email [email protected] and [email protected].
These consultations are only for individuals with DACA whose work permits expire before March 5, 2018. There will be a separate workshop later in the fall for general immigration screenings.
If you or someone you know is a DACA recipient in need of financial assistance for your DACA renewal application, please visit or share the following link to submit requests: https://goo.gl/forms/G2FOwHzub4mfb5PU2.
4. Disclaimer on the funds
Funds will be allocated to University of Baltimore students first, Maryland residents second, and the remaining funds will be dispersed on a first come, first serve basis. The funds will be issued to eligible students in the form of checks or money orders made payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
In the event we receive donations in excess of the amount necessary to fulfill all requests received, we will be donating the remainder to organizations that continuously support the immigrant youth and their families living in our communities. These organizations will be announced as soon as possible and we will update accordingly once confirmed.
Because of the time-sensitive nature of this need, we are processing funds through a distinctly dedicated, but personal, bank account. While this is not ideal, our priority is to make the funds available as quickly as possible to ensure we are able to disperse it for applications that must be received by October 5th. For that purpose, it is crucial that we are able to provide checks as efficiently as possible, and this is the most practicable way to accomplish that goal. It is our intention to conduct this process with the utmost transparency. Please contact Kelli Cover at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns about the financial process.