Opening Doors for New Americans since 1882
Welcome to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) homepage of HIAS Pennsylvania. Here you will find all the information you need to learn more about the law and how to get help in applying for DACA.
On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new initiative to grant deferred action to immigrants who entered the United States at a young age. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a promising program which will finally allow many young hard working immigrants to finally step out of the shadows and stop fearing deportation. Many will be able to continue their studies and hard work in the United States, the only home that most of them know.
HIAS Pennsylvania stands ready to help these individuals apply for relief under DACA, which will allow individuals granted deferred action protection from deportation and employment authorization for a period of two years. This status may be extended based upon future decisions by the DHS.
HIAS Pennsylvania has joined forces with a number of Philadelphia agencies to provide legal services, education and outreach through the Philadelphia Deferred Action Network:
Catholic Social Services,Ceiba, DreamActivists Pennsylvania, Esperanza Immigration Legal Services, Juntos, Nationalities Service Center, New Sanctuary Movement, the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC), Puentes Latino Collaborative, the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.
Photos of DREAMers by Harvey Finkle.