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 HIAS PA works with those with 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 program which allowed many young hard working immigrants to finally step out of the shadows and stop fearing deportation. Many were able to continue their studies and hard work in the United States, the only home that most of them know. DACA recipients are granted deferred action protection from deportation and employment authorization for a period of two years.
On September 5, 2017, President Trump announced the end of DACA, with only one month for recipients who would lose their status before March 5 to renew. HIAS PA helped those eligible to renew and stand ready to help individuals navigate any new status that may be eligible to them. We strongly advocate for legislation that turns DACA into law.
Photos of DREAMers by Harvey Finkle.