Protection

Since the beginning of the Trump administration, our communities have been attacked. Now more than ever, we need to be informed and prepared to fight against the threats that may arise. We are all in this together and together we will fight for protection for ALL! 
Stay tuned to this page for any developments. 
 

What You Need to Know if DACA Ends

(This information is based on an advisory produced by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.)

September 1, 2017

 This summary seeks to address many of the questions that will arise for immigrants who benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program if the Trump Administration ends the program.

Work Permits

Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), also known as work permits, are generally valid until they expire or the government demands they be returned. Unless the government demands that you return your work permit, the following points should apply.

  • If the DACA program ends but you are allowed to keep your work permit, you have the right to work legally until your work permit’s expiration date.
  • Even if the DACA program ends, you have no obligation to inform your employer that DACA has ended. Your employer does not have the right to ask you whether you are a DACA recipient or how you got your work permit.
  • Your employer does not have the right to fire you, put you on leave, or change your work status until after your work permit has expired. If your expiration date is nearing, your employer may ask you for an updated work permit but cannot take any action against you until after it is expired.
  • For more information about your rights as an employee see this advisory by the National Immigration Law Center: https://www.nilc.org/issues/daca/daca-and-workplace-rights/

Social Security Numbers (SSNs)

Your SSN is a valid SSN number for life, even after your work permit and DACA approval expires.

  • If you have not done so already, apply for an SSN while your DACA and work permit are still valid.
  • You can and should continue to use the SSN you got under DACA as your SSN even after your work permit expires. You can use your SSN for education, banking, housing and other purposes.
  • Your SSN contains a condition on it that requires a valid work permit to use it for employment purposes.

 III. Driver’s Licenses and Other Identification Cards

In Illinois, immigrants can get regular driver’s licenses if they have can provide SSNs and are currently eligible for an SSN.  So long as your work permit is valid, you will be eligible for an SSN and therefore eligible for a regular license.  Under new Illinois laws that took effect in 2016 and 2017, anyone applying for an initial regular driver’s license now must provide proof of immigration status.  Any such licenses will expire on the same date that the applicant’s status or work permit expires.  In other words, if you have DACA and an SSN and you are applying for a license for the first time, you can get a regular license, but that license will expire on the same date as your work permit. 

 If you are renewing a regular license first issued before July 1, 2016, and your license has not lapsed for more than one year, you should not be asked to produce any immigration documentation, and you should not volunteer any documents or information about your status.

 If your work permit expires or is terminated, you can apply for a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License (TVDL), which will be valid for three years.  TVDLs are visually distinct from regular licenses and are not valid for identification purposes.  For more information on TVDLs, please visit the Illinois Secretary of State’s website, http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/TVDL/home.html.

Travel on Advance Parole

DACA recipients should be cautious about travel abroad on advance parole.

  • If you are outside the country with advance parole, make sure to return right away and while your advance parole and EAD are valid. If the DACA program ends, it is not clear that people with advance parole based on DACA will be able to return. The safest route is to return as soon as possible, before an announcement ending DACA.
  • If you have been granted advance parole under DACA but have not yet left the United States, or are interested in applying for advance parole, speak with an attorney to determine potential risks before doing anything.

Other Immigration Options

Many DACA recipients may be eligible for another immigration option to get a work permit or even a green card.

  • Avoid fraudulent service providers: confirm their credentials, ask for a written contract and a receipt for any payments, and if you have doubts, get a second opinion.

 Criminal Issues

Any criminal arrest, charge, or conviction can put you at risk with immigration authorities.

  • Avoid contact with law enforcement that may result in a criminal arrest. If you end up being arrested, make sure to consult an expert immigration attorney.
  • If you have a criminal conviction, find out if it can be changed to lessen the impact on a future immigration case you may have.
  • Under the Illinois TRUST Act, police cannot stop, search, or arrest you based on your immigration status, and cannot arrest or hold you based on an immigration warrant or detainer where there is not also a warrant issued by a judge. (This law might not apply in some communities.) For more information about the Illinois TRUST Act, please visit trustinil.org

 Know Your Rights

Everyone – whether documented and undocumented -- has rights in this country.

  • Do not open the door unless the agents have a warrant signed by a judge
  • Do not sign any documents you do not understand
  • Remain silent
  • Record and report the incident—call the Family Support Hotline at 855-HELP-MY-FAMILY (855-435-7693)

ICIRR has produced know-your-rights cards in six languages (English, Spanish, Korean, Polish, Arabic, and Urdu).  These cards are available at the ICIRR office and online.

 Other Resources, Updates and Information

Follow the news carefully and go to reliable sources for information on the status of the DACA and other immigration programs. Don’t fall for scams about new fees or false information about your DACA work permit.

 ICIRR's Protection Page (www.icirr.org/protection; www.icirr.org/proteccion in Spanish) contains resources for legal service providers and a map of organizations in Illinois providing Know Your Rights information and legal services.

ICIRR’s Family Support Hotline (855-HELP-MY-FAMILY, or 855-435-7693) provides information regarding the latest updates on DACA and other immigration matters, as well as immediate response for immigration enforcement actions. 

ICIRR is working with mental health providers to offer counseling to DACA grantees and others who feel imperiled in the current moment.  For more information about these resources, please contact Dagmara Avelar, davelar@icirr.org, or Phoebe Flaherty, pflaherty@icirr.org.

 Finally, ICIRR is planning a series of actions to defend DACA and call for Congressional action to pass legislation to protect DACA grantees and other immigrants.  To receive updates on how you can get involved, please sign up on ICIRR’s website, www.icirr.org/riseup.

 For more information please call ICIRR at 312-332-7360 x213 or visit www.icirr.org.


Get Involved:

It is crucial that a critical mass of individuals engage in efforts to advance justice through compassionate solutions for all immigrants and refugees in the years to come. 


Get Help- Legal Resources

KYR Infographics in Spanish

Illinois Immigrant Legal Services Directory- Detailed directory of non-profits offering low cost legal services with attorneys or authorized legal assistance providers

List of Non-Profit Organizations Authorized to Provide Immigration Services- Quick list of non-profits offering low cost legal services with attorneys or authorized legal assistance providers

ICIRR Know Your Rights Card - A printable card useful to have on your person should you need to defend your rights

Action Plan - Key information in case you or a family member is detained by ICE agents

Community Mental Health Resources

If you are concerned for yourself or your loves ones, seek reliable and trusted legal guidance and/or mental health services  from one of the agencies listed below. 

Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition: Preliminary Messaging to Raise Awareness about the Significant Impact of the Presidential Election on Youth Health and Well-Being

Raise Awareness about the Significant Impact of the Presidential Election on Youth Health and Well-Being

Mental Health Providers in Illinois (List will be updated regularly)

Roots to Wellness Resource Guide  (English) | (Spanish)

Community Health - Free Social Services for Low-Income Individuals

12 Steps for Psychological First Aid

Map of Community Organizations

List of ICIRR partner organizations providing info sessions on Know Your Rights. Organizations with a STAR icon are BIA Accredited or have an attorney on staff!

Lista de organizationes miembros de ICIRR que ofrecen sesiones informativas de Conozca sus Derechos. Organizaciones con el icono de ESTRELLA son acreditadas por immigracion o tienen abogados!