Resources to support Undocumented students and DACA applicants
Created as part of the BC Taskforce to support Undocumented Students
The go-to community organization in the greater Seattle area:
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project offers many services and events of interest to immigrants and they are offering events on DACA frequently. The site below has a resource guide and a checklist that might prove useful. Most other groups in western Washington get training from and refer people to NWIGP on DACA issues.
Check this site for events on DACA.
The federal agency that sets and enforces the regulations:
US Citizenship and Immigration Services is the US government agency that oversees DACA. Their site has much information.
Immigrations Policy Center is part of the American Immigration Council and has a comprehensive Q&A on DACA with links to forms. This is a good source to explore, but it is best to get advice from someone local to help the applicant understand all the implications.
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 52 affiliate organizations in 25 states. They organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. Their page on DACA links to We Own the Dream with a video on the basics and a link to Law Help to begin the application.
Organizations in the Seattle area and WA providing information to immigrants without documentation:St. James Immigrant Assistance has grown from offering ESL classes to a immigrant advocacy group for the Seattle area. They are a leader in offering services to help those interested in DACA information and making applications. In the lower left corner of the webpage there is a section of DACA Resources.
21 Progress (the local UFCW – United Food and Commercial Workers union) hosts DACA events. The next one will be in Seattle on 14 December.
Check the Lending Circles at 21 Progress. DACA Lending Circles are a social loan program designed to help applicants cover the costs of applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Qualified Applicants Will Receive a credit-building loan for $360 (0% interest rate; 0 fees) and a $105 match that you do not have to repay
One America is a community agency in Seattle that helps immigrants in a variety of ways. On the webpage below they offer many details in more easily understood explanations than what is found at US Citizenship and Immigration Services. If you scroll near the bottom of the page you can make a request for a legal clinic for your community.
Washington Dream Act Coalition is a local organization that is youth lead with a goal of uniting organizations to support DREAMers.
Educators for Fair Consideration has been around since 2006 helping undocumented students. There is a conference coming up in January at UC, Berkeley. See details at their site.
Latino/a Educational Achievement Project (LEAP) is a WA organization that promotes issues that affect Latino/a students. They have information on HB 1079 and DACA.
Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs shares information on DACA at their website for people of any ethnicity to use.
Own the Dream/Unete al Sueno is an agency I haven’t seen listed on other websites. They have a process that leads you through the application process. My understanding is that it is best to work with a legal advisor, but this might be useful for those of us who give guidance to view.
Catholic Immigration Legal Services (western WA) has a highly detailed webpage on DACA with many links to other agencies, most of which we have in this document. They offer fliers in seven languages, reminding us that though
Skagit Valley College has a good page on undocumented students and DACA. They give basic information with lots of links to support students. This was one of the best pages that I found at a college. Skagit has one of the highest percentages of immigrant students who are undocumented.