A community presentation will be given explaining how the DACA application process works. We will inform attendees: who is eligible to apply, the benefits that will entail in applying, and what necessary requirements will be needed to fill out the corresponding information. After this presentation, there will be a 2-week period in which applicants who qualify will gather all the required documentation, which they will bring to our fill-in day.
Legal assistance for filling out this type of paperwork can cost up to $500 but we will be providing it for free. However, there is an application fee of $465 to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services for processing which cannot be waived.
DACA-mented is a collective of students in the Human Rights program of San Jose State University. As first and second-generation immigrants, we understand the struggles immigrants undertake when they first come into the United States. As Latino students, we have all experienced first hand the effort that immigrants and children of immigrants put into succeeding in the United States. All students in this collective have faced difficulties with immigration status; whether it was them going through the process, their parents and family, or their friends. Although 1.5 million individuals are eligible for DACA, only 450,000 have applied.
DACA-mented is outreaching to the community to help undocumented individuals. We want to inform those who are unaware of what Deferred Action is as well as its benefits. We want to provide options for those who do not have the finances to hire a private attorney. Our goal is to empower the undocumented community with knowledgeable information that can ultimately give them a brighter future.