Supportive Services – Immigration

On June 15, 2012, President Obama signed a memo calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the United States as children and have pursued education or military service here.

DACA, as it is more commonly referred to, is an acronym for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. In June 2012 the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain individuals who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, and would then be eligible for work authorization.

Per the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, deferred action is “a discretionary determination to defer removal proceedings of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion.”

It is important to know that deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status, nor is it a pathway to citizenship as it may be revoked at any time. A wide network of partnerships in the community allow MAAC to provide outreach and immigration supportive services. MAAC has hosted numerous community forums at which people have benefitted from updated resource information and interaction with immigration professionals at no cost.

Staff and volunteers meet with individuals to assess their needs, referring people to immigration attorneys, citizenship workshops or other services. Since February 2013, over 270 people have benefitted from MAAC’s immigration supportive services and network.”

For more information about MAAC’s immigration supportive services, please call Susie Cota at (619) 426-3595 x1279.