CUNY CITIZENSHIP NOW! GEARS UP FOR EMERGENCY EVENTS TO HELP DREAMERS REQUEST RENEWAL OF DACA IMMIGRATION STATUS                                                                                               

CUNY Citizenship Now! will hold two emergency DACA assistance events, Thursday and next Tuesday, to help CUNY Dreamers and others seek renewal of their immigration status following a federal court order partially reopening the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

In response to the U.S. District Court decision, the CUNY Citizenship Now! assistance sessions will be held Thursday, Jan. 18, and Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the CUNY School for Professional Studies, 119 W. 31st St., Manhattan.

You can get free help with DACA if:

You currently have valid DACA status and your employment authorization expires in 180 days or less, or your DACA expired on or after Sept.  5, 2016, or you had DACA but it expired before Sept. 5, 2016, or was terminated.

If you never had DACA, you cannot apply now.

To make an appointment for DACA help, or get more information, write to citizenshipnowinfo@cuny.edu or call 646-664-9400.

“CUNY has been a leader in assisting and supporting the thousands of DACA students at CUNY and other institutions as they face the threats of deportation, inability to work and the loss of the only country they know, love and contribute to every day,” said Chancellor James B. Milliken. “With last week’s ruling permitting DACA renewal applications again, CUNY and Citizenship Now! stand ready to help.”

Judge William Alsup of Federal District Court in San Francisco last week reinstated part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, saying the Trump Administration’s decision to kill it was improper and that the program, which had been scheduled to end March 5, must be maintained as legal challenges proceed. President Barack Obama created DACA in 2012 to give the undocumented young immigrants known as Dreamers the ability to work here legally. President Trump announced his intention to end the program in September, but the preliminary injunction issued by Judge Alsup blocked the federal government from ending DACA for current Dreamers and requires it to allow renewal applications.

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 23 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni.  CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields. The University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 272,000 degree-seeking students. CUNY offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.

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