The fate of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients hangs in the balance. Since former President Barack Obama created the program – which gives young undocumented immigrants who have lived most of their lives in the United States the right to work and protects them from deportation – in 2012, it’s been the source of contentious debates. Almost a year ago, the Trump Administration announced the end of DACA, but courts have kept it alive. So far, three federal courts have blocked the federal government’s decision, but its future hinges on a fourth judge still set to weigh in. Though the attorney general in Texas and nine other AGs and mayors have sued to end DACA, it’s the last judge who may take us into unchartered territory. If the judge rules against this life-changing program, it’d likely give President Donald Trump the necessary fuel to terminate it.

As all this plays out, the government must still accept DACA renewals. But this could change at any minute, so the pressure to file these forms as quickly as possible is high. However, between the high fee ($495) and the volatile landscape, there are many barriers that stand in the way.

With that in mind, we gathered a few resources that every applicant should know about. Check them about below.


Renew My DACA

United We Dream recently launched Renew My DACA, a one-stop shop for applicants. The site helps undocumented immigrants determine whether they’re eligible to renew. It also offers the latest information about DACA and helps users find financial assistance.

Visit the site here.


For the DACAmented in California

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) created a list of resources without the state for low-income individuals. Some offer free or low-cost legal services and others help applicants pay the filing fees. CDSS suggests contacts the organizations directly to learn what services they offer.

Check out the list here.


Informed Immigrant

As its name suggests, Informed Immigrant is a tool to help people navigate the US’ complex immigration system. The site greets users with a simple message: “You deserve to feel safe and empowered, no matter your immigration status. We are here to help you understand your rights and the resources available to you.”

Visit the site here.


Voto Latino

Voto Latino is teaming up with King & Spalding to help applicants pay the filing fee. Email [email protected] for more information.


EY's List of Resources

Ernst and Young has put together a list of legal organizations across the country that can help undocumented immigrants get the help they need.

Check out the list here.