After USCIS Decision, CASA Ready to Help Dreamers

WASHINGTON (JANUARY 13, 2018) CASA will begin making appointments and processing paperwork for Dreamers as soon as Monday morning following the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement Saturday that they will begin to comply with a judge’s ruling ordering the continuation of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program while cases are worked out in court.

“We don’t know how this will play out in the next couple of weeks but we are glad USCIS is ready to follow the rule of law and we are getting to work as soon as possible Monday morning,” said CASA’s Executive Director Gustavo Torres.

If the judge’s order stands going into next week, CASA’s legal department plans to help Dreamers with the DACA paperwork starting Monday. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said they will only process DACA renewals.

Despite a favorable ruling, Torres emphasized that the order is probably temporary and a permanent solution is still needed.

“Dreamers need a permanent solution in the shape of a clean Dream Act more than ever,” he said. “Following the President’s racist comments this week, we are more convinced than ever that his immigration reforms are a manifestation of his racists views veiled as immigration policy. It is now up to Congress do the right thing and pass a clean Dream Act now.”