Stand Up for Immigrant Youth

This webpage was last updated in April 2018.

CGRS strongly condemns the Trump Administration’s heartless decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA) program. This callous decision has placed DACA recipients at risk of deportation to countries many have never known, where some face imminent danger. CGRS stands with Dreamers and all members of the immigrant community and rejects this Administration’s repeated scapegoating of and racist attacks against immigrant families.

New CGRS Practice Advisory on Immigration Relief for DACA Recipients Based on Fear of Return

On March 1, 2018, CGRS released a new practice advisory, Immigration Relief for DACA Recipients Based on Fear of Return. With litigation on the rescission of DACA and legislation on a permanent solution for DACA recipients still pending, asylum and related humanitarian relief may be a primary pathway to secure lawful status for many DACA recipients. This advisory is designed to help legal service providers, including non-lawyers, screen DACA recipients for eligibility for asylum and related relief based on potential fear of return to their countries of origin.

The advisory proceeds in two parts. Part I provides an overview of: the current status and implications of the rescission of the DACA program; the U.S. immigration system as relevant to applicants for asylum and related relief; and common asylum claims and conditions in the top countries of origin of DACA recipients (Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras). Part II discusses eligibility requirements for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) and special considerations for DACA recipients, including overcoming the one-year filing deadline for asylum applications and addressing any prior orders of removal from the United States. Information about CGRS’s technical assistance program and directories for immigration attorneys can be found at the end of the advisory.

Below we have compiled additional resources for immigrant youth and allies.

Get Informed

Mental Health Resources

Take Action

  • Sign up for updates from United We Dream to receive timely information on opportunities to take action for immigrant youth and communities.
  • Urge your members of Congress to pass the Dream Act.

For attorneys and other legal professionals:

  • For attorneys working with clients who have had contact with the criminal legal system, refer to this helpful resource from the Immigrant Defense Project.
  • Prior to the rescission of DACA, the American Immigration Council released a practice advisory on screening potential DACA applicants for other forms of immigration relief.