The International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit (IIMD) stands in solidarity with undocumented youth and celebrates with them their recent victory in the U.S. Supreme Court upholding DACA against the Trump administration’s efforts to end it unlawfully. As a result of the Court’s ruling, USCIS will continue to accept DACA renewal applications and should begin accepting first-time applications as well.
Since the beginning of DACA in 2012, the experienced legal staff at IIMD has assisted eligible undocumented young people to obtain the crucial benefits of DACA – work authorization and deferral from removal (deportation). Individuals approved for DACA can apply for a social security number and a Michigan driver’s license. As part of our initial consultation, we also screen DACA clients for other forms of immigration relief that could lead to permanent residency.
DACA profoundly impacts the lives of thousands of undocumented youth who by fulfilling their aspirations and developing their talents contribute to our communities. The Supreme Court’s decision is narrow in scope and the Trump administration could try to end DACA again. That is why continued advocacy for immigration reform to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants is so important.
But today there is hope and we celebrate with you!