Category: DACA/Dream Act

Statement on recent DACA decision

On July 16, a federal judge ruled that the Department of Homeland Security violated the law when it established and implemented Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”). We at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program are deeply disappointed by this decision, which represents a continuation of the attacks on immigrant youth in the U.S.…
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Biden’s great immigration undoing

This article features interviews with local immigration attorneys, including Staff Attorney Mariam Liberles, on Biden’s first actions on immigration.

Bacow letter urges Biden to reverse Trump immigration curbs

“‘The University’s continued advocacy on behalf of people with DACA and TPS is incredibly important,’ said Ardalan. ‘It is critical that the Biden administration fully reinstate DACA and TPS and work with Congress to create a path to permanent residency and citizenship for DACA recipients and TPS holders.’”

USCIS now accepting new DACA applications, advance parole

On December 7th, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) released important updates on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In this announcement, USCIS stated that they will now accept: First-time DACA applications DACA renewal applications Advance parole documents Additionally, USCIS is extending one-year DACA renewals and Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) to two…
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Upcoming Event: “Understanding the Current State of DACA”

Understanding the Current State of DACA Friday, October 30th Presentation from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. EST Q & A Session from 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST Join us for a conversation with immigration lawyer Luis Cortes Romero on where DACA stands now. Luis will discuss the legal framework behind the program, the recent…
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Today Is Nothing But A Dream

Para leer esta historia en español, haz un clic aquí.   I have never told my story. I have never found the “right time” but that all changes today.  Oftentimes, I feel invisible to the world. I feel like I need to hide who I am in fear of rejection and loss of opportunities. It…
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HIRC, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and Justice Action Center file FOIA lawsuit on DACA

On August 3rd, the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program joined Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and the Justice Action Center in filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in order to obtain information on the federal government’s immigration enforcement against recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The lawsuit is…
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Statement on the Trump administration’s memo on DACA

Yesterday, the Trump administration released a memo regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In the memo, Secretary Chad Wolf outlined the administration’s intention to deny all new DACA applications and advanced parole requests, and to grant DACA renewals for only a one-year period. We at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program…
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An Overview of DACA and the U.S Supreme Court Decision on its Future

(En español abajo) This post was written by HIRC summer intern Alma Martinez Ramirez. She is a rising senior at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a Major in Political Science and a double minor in Philosophy and Public Health. On November 12, 2019, the U.S Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding the Trump…
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Supreme Court decision shielding DACA draws relief, celebration

HIRC Director Sabi Ardalan was one of the many Harvard community members who spoke with the Harvard Gazette about the recent DACA decision.