Groups encourage DACA renewals

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DACA recipients paint protest signs at Make the Road Nevada meeting. (Courtesy photo: Make the Road Nevada)
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DACA recipients paint protest signs at Make the Road Nevada meeting. (Courtesy photo: Make the Road Nevada)

While there is a national push from immigrants’ rights organizations encouraging DACA recipients to complete their application renewals early, local groups are trying to raise funds to assist with fees.

“We’ve had requests from DREAMers left and right needing assistance,” says Leo Murrieta, the director of Make the Road Nevada.

The push for renewing as soon as possible comes a federal judge is scheduled to hear Texas’ case for halting the program Aug. 8.

Six years ago President Obama issued an Executive Order, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. For immigrants who came to the United States as children without documentation, this provided relief if they met certain criteria: be under 31 at the time of the order, entered the United States before they were 16, graduated from high school or obtained a GED and didn’t have a felony conviction. An estimated 13,000 people in Nevada qualified for DACA. 

Last year, President Trump announced he would end the program. However, DACA’s fate continued to be litigated in the courts. Several federal judges ruled against Trump’s reasoning for eliminating DACA.

DACA recipients continued to file renewals, which come with a $495 fee. Local groups have been fundraising trying to provide assistance.

“People have difficulty coming up with this out of thin air,” Murrieta says.

There are organizations providing free assistance to help fill out renewal applications such as UNLV’s Immigration Clinic. Dream Big Nevada, which provides aid to immigrant families, is hosting a renewal event Saturday.

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

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